“Leo Waaijers has dug some interest facts out of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and allowed me to post the results.
From Leo: The 7240 journals in the no-fee category in DOAJ has 1911 journals with Spanish full text, 1366 with Portuguese, 753 with French, and 692 with Indonesian. In percentages: 26, 19, 10, and 10. In the 2998 journal of the fee-based category these figures were respectively: 81, 76, 23, and 212; and in percentages: 3, 3, 1, and 7….”
“Historical records are being made more accessible to students and members of the public as the process of digitisation of valuable primary source documents continues. Archivist at the National Archives of Guyana, Department of Culture, Ministry of Social Cohesion, Ms. Nadia Gamel-Carter, today, provided this update at the opening of the Archives Week Exhibition. The week-long exhibition dedicated to the commemoration of the Centenary Anniversary for the Abolition of Indentureship targets secondary and tertiary students and aims to raise awareness about the genealogical research and other services that the agency provides.”
From Google’s English: “On Wednesday 15 February, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography [Instituto Español de Oceanografía] (IEO) officially signed up for the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), taking advantage of the 15th anniversary of this declaration…..”
From Google Translate’s English translation of an announcement from Peru’s CONCYTEC: “We inform the scientific and academic communication that on December 31 of this year  the subscription to the databases ScienceDirect and Scopus ends.”
English Translation (Google): UAEMex national leader in Open Access
“Este día, el Consejo Universitario de la Máxima Casa de Cultura y Estudios de la entidad mexiquense aprobó por unanimidad el Reglamento de Acceso Abierto de la institución, lo que significa que toda la comunidad universitaria tendrá acceso libre y sin restricción alguna a la información científica, académica y cultural.”
English Translation (Google): “Today, the University Council of the Leading Culture and Studies of the State of Mexico unanimously approved the Regulation on Open Access of the institution, which means that the entire university community will free and without restriction to the scientific, academic and cultural information access.”
“I’m very happy to report that my book on Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) has been translated into Spanish <ri.uaemex.mx/handle/123456789/21710> and just released by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.
Many thanks to Remedios Melero for the translation, and to Indrajit Banerjee,Dominique Babini, and Eduardo Aguado for their substantial new introduction on OA in Latin America….”
“After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the ‘Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act’ up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the ‘Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,’ which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules. There are two major changes from the original bill language to be particularly aware of. Specifically, the amendment Replaces the six month embargo period with ‘no later than 12 months, but preferably sooner’ as anticipated; and Provides a mechanism for stakeholders to petition federal agencies to ‘adjust’ the embargo period if the12 months does not serve ‘the public, industries, and the scientific community.’ We understand that these modifications were made in order accomplish a number of things: Satisfy the requirement of a number of Members of HSGAC that the language more closely track that of the OSTP Directive; Meet the preference of the major U.S. higher education associations for a maximum 12 month embargo; Ensure that, for the first time, a number of scientific societies will drop their opposition for the bill; and Ensure that any petition process an agency may enable is focused on serving the interests of the public and the scientific community …”
“Impact is multi-dimensional, the routes by which impact occur are different across disciplines and sectors, and impact changes over time. Jane Tinkler argues that if institutions like HEFCE specify a narrow set of impact metrics, more harm than good would come to universities forced to limit their understanding of how research is making a difference. But qualitative and quantitative indicators continue to be an incredible source of learning for how impact works in each of our disciplines, locations or sectors.”
“Open access for monographs and book chapters is a relatively new area of publishing, and there are many ways of approaching it. With this in mind, a recent publication from the Wellcome Trust aims to provide some guidance for publishers to consider when developing policies and processes for open access books. The Wellcome Trust recognises that implementation around publishing monographs and book chapters open access is in flux, and invites publishers to email Cecy Marden at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions for further guidance that would be useful to include in this document. ‘Open Access Monographs and Book Chapters: A practical guide for publishers’ is available to download as a pdf from the Wellcome Trust website.”