Faculty senate green lights negotiation principles with unanimous vote | University Library | Iowa State University

“On October 15, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution that supports the University Library’s Principles for Advancing Openness through Journal Negotiations.

The journal negotiation principles, adopted this summer, help the University Library advance openness and achieve financial sustainability and greater transparency. The principles and the support they have received will provide useful guidance to the library in its current and future negotiations, helping to inform journal publishers about what is most important at Iowa State.

The resolution’s three main points are:

Prioritize openness through open access sources
Reject nondisclosure language in agreements with publishers
Pursue financially sustainable journal agreements

The University Library Advisory Committee, representing faculty, students, and staff, has also written a letter of endorsement for the principles. These actions demonstrate strong support for the library in managing journal costs and advancing open access….”

California Bill Is a Win for Access to Scientific Research

“The California legislature just scored a huge win in the fight for open access to scientific research. Now it’s up to Governor Jerry Brown to sign it. Under A.B. 2192—which passed both houses unanimously—all peer-reviewed, scientific research funded by the state of California would be made available to the public no later than one year after publication. There’s a similar law on the books in California right now, but it only applies to research funded by the Department of Public Health, and it’s set to expire in 2020. A.B. 2192 would extend it indefinitely and expand it to cover research funded by any state agency.”

Policy Board Minutes May 2, 2018 | University of San Francisco Faculty Association

Minutes from May 2, 2018, University of San Francisco Faculty Association:

“Move that the Policy Board pass an “Open Access Policy” so that faculty can deposit their work in the institutional repository hosted by the USF Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in order to make our work available to the campus and the world

Nosek asked if we can override what librarians can presently do. Brown asked if faculty can opt out. Neaman stated that we need to look at Article 23 (on intellectual property) to assess the situation.

The motion passed, 19-0-1.”

Open Access policy adopted by IU Bloomington faculty – Scholarly Communication

“The Bloomington Faculty Council unanimously approved an Open Access policy today that ensures that faculty scholarship will be accessible and available to the public for future generations. Open Access means that scholarly articles are regarded as the fruits of research that authors give to the world for the sake of inquiry and knowledge without expectation of payment. Adopting such a policy reduces barriers to research and learning by making research available on the public internet to be downloaded and shared freely, making it possible for scholarship to be more widely read and cited than literature that appears in closed-access, licensed journal databases. The Scholarly Communication department has posted both the policy and accompanying FAQ on our website.

The Scholarly Communication staff will be available to help authors deposit their work — usually the final version of an article that has gone through peer review — in IUScholarWorks or another repository for archival purposes. Indeed, as Nazareth Pantaloni, Copyright Librarian for the IU LIbraries, observed: ‘The Indiana University Libraries are delighted that the Bloomington Faculty Council has joined the over 300 U.S. colleges and universities who have decided to make their faculty’s scholarship more freely available under an Open Access policy. We look forward to working with them to accomplish that goal.’ Faculty members may also contact us to opt-out of the policy, a process that will be incorporated into a one-click form once the policy is fully implemented.

The policy adopted today is only the latest step in an ongoing process at IU Bloomington. The BFC adopted one of the first Open Access policies in the country in March of 2004. That policy was actually a resolution in which the BFC decried the rising costs of academic journals and databases — at the time, 70% of a $9.2 million annual budget — and called on the IU Libraries to adopt several strategies in response, including, among other things, ‘to promote open scholarly communication.’ That resolution served as an impetus for the Libraries’ development of IUScholarWorks. Today, IU ScholarWorks hosts nearly 30 Open Access journals, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, and serves as the repository for nearly 8,000 items deposited by IU Bloomington faculty, students, and staff, including data sets, conference proceedings, out-of-print books recovered by faculty from their original publishers, doctoral dissertations from the Jacobs School of Music, Patten Lectures, and a wide array of journal articles, research reports, other scholarly literature, and even creative works of authorship. Current developments include improvements in the repository’s ability to host multimedia content and data.

Open Access policies are intended, in part, to provide an institutional mechanism for faculty authors to assert the retention of at least the minimum rights necessary in order not only to cooperate with their institutional OA policy, but also be able to reuse their work in other ways that could be beneficial to them, such as distributing their work via their own professional website, through social media, or simply to students in their classes.”

scholcomm – [SCHOLCOMM] Florida State University Passes Open Access Policy – arc

[O]ur faculty senate [at Florida State U] decided to call a vote on a proposed open access policy. Our fearless leader and ScholComm Librarian, Devin Soper was giving a presentation with several of our faculty champions, and the vote was supposed to be called at the next meeting in March. After the presentation, the faculty senate president decided that everyone had enough information and asked for a motion to adopt the policy. A resounding [and unanimous] chorus(SHARE?) of “Ayes” later, and five years of blood, sweat and tears culminates in Florida State entering the ScholComm century as the 1st public university in Florida to pass a Harvard-style, rights-retention, the big kahuna, OA Policy. 

Since we weren’t planning on promoting it until March, we have no press release/announcement (yet), except my guffawed tweet, and the policy and FAQ in our github repo….”

La difusión de la ciencia permitirá una sociedad del conocimiento

From Google’s English:  “Unanimously, with 431 votes, the House of Representatives passed the bill amending and supplementing a number of provisions of the Laws of Science and Technology, General Education, and Organic National Council for Science and Technology, whose main objective is to promote Free and open access to information of scientific, educational, technological and innovative character access. reform establishes a legal framework and the basis for a policy of dissemination of scientific knowledge and, with the support of technology platforms available in the general population. When justifying the opinion, Rep. Ruben Felix Benjamin Hays (New Covenant), chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology, said that access to information is of paramount importance in the so-called knowledge economy. “Data scientists bring new ideas and heighten the inventiveness of the people. If we accept that scientific knowledge and technological innovation are critical to improving the quality of life of the people, then we understand that the diffusion and dissemination of science is that to allow to create a knowledge society to boost the country’s development, “he said. explained that among other important aspects, the reform empowers the Conacyt to design and implement a strategy that aims to democratize scientific information; also creates and establishes the basis for operation of a national open access repository. Gives researchers, technologists, academics and graduate students whose research are publicly funded or have used public infrastructure in their implementation, the ability to deposit a copy of the paper for publication in open access through the national repository. sets as a concurrent allocation of educational, federal and local authorities promoting open access to scientific, technological and innovation research access, where these have been publicly funded, subject to intellectual property rights. also empowers the Conacyt to promote and strengthen the repositories, and to issue appropriate guidelines for operation and coordination. By fixing the position of its parliamentary group, Lucila Garfias Gutiérrez (NA) stressed that it is imperative to democratize information of scientific texts that are generated daily. According to official data, he added, in Mexico in 2009 he published 488 scientific articles 9000, which placed the country on the 22nd of scientific production between member countries of the OECD.”