Friday, 20 November 2009

Open Access uptake prompts 9% price reduction for The EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) have announced that the prices for site licence access to The EMBO Journal and EMBO reports will be reduced by 9% in 2010, reflecting the increased publication of Open Access content in 2008.

Only last month (October 2009) the Wellcome Trust 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.

This decision by EMBO/NPG to reduce subscription is clearly a step in the right direction, though in the interests of transparency it would be useful if publishers - as a first step - disclosed what proportion of their content was routed through the author-pays model.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

PMC Canada

PubMed Central Canada is now live.

PMC Canada is a partnership between the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM)

PMC Canada is the second PMC International site to be established.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

European Respiratory Journal - self-archiving option

The European Respiratory Society, publishers of the European Respiratory Journal, have confirmed that they will shortly be amending their instructions to authors to add that Wellcome Trust (or other members of the UK PMC Funders Group) will be permitted to deposit a copy of the final, peer-reviewed author-supplied manuscript (before copy-editing and publication) in PMC 6 months from publication in a print issue.

This self-archiving option is compliant with the policies of all the UKPMC Funders.