Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Endocrine Society's open access option

The Endocrine Society - who publish titles such as the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Endocrinology - have developed an open access option for Wellcome Trust funded authors.

"The Endocrine Society will offer authors supported by the Wellcome Trust the option of meeting the publication requirements of the Trust by paying for an open access option. The cost to authors would be $3,000. Upon receipt of payment, the final print version will be deposited in PMC for immediate open access. These articles will be licensed using the Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial license 2.0. " Further information is available from the Instruction to Author's page.

Currently this option is only available to Wellcome Trust funded researchers.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Wellcome Trust calls for greater transparency from journals on open access publishing costs

As Open Access Week 2009 gets underway, the Wellcome Trust has called for greater transparency among publishers to counter the argument that access fees are being paid twice - once through subscriptions and again through publication fees.

The call comes as the Trust announces a further £2 million to fund open access publication fees for its researchers over the next 12 months. The funds are part of the ongoing commitment to ensuring that the results of all Trust-funded research are made freely available online.

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, comments: "We are deeply committed to ensuring that research outputs are accessible to the widest possible audience. We are committing £2 million over the next year to support our researchers to make this happen and will be working closely with other funders, publishers and the research community towards this aim."

Since 2005, the Wellcome Trust has made it a condition of funding that researchers are required to make any Trust-funded publications available within six months through UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), the UK's life sciences online archive. The Trust will meet publication costs where the publisher agrees to make articles freely available through UKPMC at the time of publication and to license these works in a way that facilitates re-use, subject to proper attribution.

In recent months, however, concern has been expressed by the research community that publishers are using open access fees as an additional revenue stream without making a concerted effort to adapt their business models. In other words, access fees are being paid twice, through subscriptions and through publication fees.

"We would like to see a commitment from publishers to show the uptake of their open access option and to adjust their subscription rates to reflect increases in income from open access fees," says Sir Mark. "Some publishers, for example Oxford University Press, have already done this and we would like to see all publishers behave the same way."

Thursday, 15 October 2009

British Journal of Cancer -- new licence for OA content

The British Journal of Cancer - owned by Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) - has chosen to implement the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ for articles published under the BJC OPEN initiative.

This licence permits distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The licence does not permit commercial exploitation without specific permission.
This licence meets the requirements of the Wellcome Trust and the funders in the UKPMC Funders Group.