A Survey of the Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems :
A survey of 998 scholarly journals that use Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source
journal software platform, captures the characteristics of an emerging class of scholarpublisher
open access journals (with some representation from more traditional scholarly
society and print-based titles). The journals in the sample follow traditional norms for peerreviewing,
acceptance rates, and disciplinary focus, but are distinguished by the number that
offer open access to their content, the growth rates in new titles, the participation rates from
developing countries, and the extremely low operating budgets. The survey also documents
the limited degree to which open source software can alter a field of communication, as OJS
appears to have created a third path, dedicated to maximizing access to research and
scholarship, as an alternative to traditional scholarly society and commercial publishing
URL : http://pkp.sfu.ca/files/OJS%20Journal%20Survey.pdf
Open Access in Italy :
The report describes the state of the art of Open Access in Italy, offering an overview on institutional and disciplinary based repositories, repository contents, and OA mandates. Moreover, the report describes the major projects provided by two Italian supercomputing consortia (such as PLEIADI and SURPlus). The authors of the report then reflect upon the future of Open Access in Italy, concluding that without a national funded planning strategy voluntary initiatives are somewhat uncertain.
URL : http://eprints.rclis.org/18365/
Open Access in Canada: A Strong Beginning :
Scholarly open access (OA), one of CLA’s information policy advocacy areas, has reached critical momentum in Canada. New initiatives are being announced regularly in all areas of the open access movement, including OA publishing, repositories and mandates. Established projects are becoming regularized and growing. Most of these initiatives are library-based or are connected to libraries in some way. This article presents some examples of these activities, along with progress highlights from the past year.
URL : http://eprints.rclis.org/16870/1/Feliciter_56.2_-_%239_Open_Access_Canada_published.pdf
Libre accès et archives ouvertes. Mise en oeuvre des projets.
Texte déposé par Pfister Theophil le 19.03.2010 au Conseil national de la Suisse.
Le Conseil fédéral est chargé, dans son rôle de bailleur de fonds, de renforcer son soutien à la réalisation des objectifs du libre accès et des archives ouvertes et de viser la mise en oeuvre systématique de ces projets. Il évaluera les réglementations nécessaires à cet effet et soutiendra activement les décisions prises. La sécurité des données, l’accessibilité et la recherche dans Internet seront réglementées selon les principes régissant les projets de libre accès et d’archives ouvertes.
URL : http://www.parlament.ch/f/suche/pages/geschaefte.aspx?gesch_id=20103240
Open Access in France. A State of the Art Report – April 2010 : http://openaccess.inist.fr/openaccess/sites/openaccess/IMG/pdf/Open_Access_in_France_SELLreport_april_2010.pdf
Research Assessment and a Diverse Role for Repositories :
In the decade since the development of the Open Archiving Initiative’s OAI-PMH protocol, repositories have been used to support a growing number of agendas: open access, preservation, open data, open educational resources. As well as these, research assessment has become a major academic preoccupation in a number of countries, leading to enhanced roles for institutional repositories. This presentation focuses on the work of two JISC projects that support different aspects of research assessment, but concludes that the enhanced repository facilities needed for this specific agenda are important for general repositories.
URL : http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/20842/
Call to action: Tell Congress you support the Federal Research Public Access Act
Yesterday (April 15), Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Waxman (D-CA), Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Harper (R-MS), Boucher (D-VA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (HR 5037), a bill that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies.
All supporters of public access – universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, consumers, individuals, and others – are asked to ACT NOW to support this bill
URL : http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/action_frpaa/10-0416.shtml