Open access roundup

  • The Open Knowledge Commons received $1.5 million to digitize 30,000 volumes of public domain medical literature.
  • SURFshare is accepting nominations for its Open Access Award, with a prize each for outstanding strategic and practical contributions to OA in the Netherlands.
  • NITLE launched a prediction market to estimate when the DOAJ will hit 4,700 journals.
  • EP2DC is a new service to deposit datasets in a separate repository from inside EPrints.
  • Ina Smith launched a new mailing list on OA and IRs in Africa.
  • Jonathan Eisen asks for advice on OA conference publishing.
  • “Publishers are allowed to get away with keeping science closed, holding it back, and wasting public money,” says Joe Dunckley, “because there are still sufficient numbers of scientists who let them”.

OA journal moves to Co-Action, raises fees

Medical Education Online (MEO) to be published by Co-Action Publishing, press release, December 11, 2009.

Co-Action Publishing is pleased to announce that Medical Education Online (MEO) joins the publisher’s portfolio as of today.

Medical Education Online (MEO) was launched in 1996 as the first ever freely available online journal in the field of medical education and has grown to become a highly ranked source of information in this area of medicine, with indexing in PubMed/MEDLINE and inclusion in PubMed Central. … From 1996-2009 the journal has been self-published by Scholar Publisher and Chief Editor David Solomon of Michigan State University and more recently Co-Editor Ann Frye, University of Texas Medical Branch.

Chief Editor David Solomon is extremely pleased MEO is being published by Co-Action Publishing. “… Joining Co-Action will significantly improve the quality of the journal as well as free up Ann Frye and I to focus more closely on what we do best, the editorial process.” …

Until 2008, MEO was a no-fee OA journal. In May 2008 (note: the link contains a typo), it implemented a $100 publication fee for articles and no fee for letters. The fee was increased $250 in June 2009. After the change in publishers, MEO now charges a $600 fee for articles and $375 for letters.

Updated to correct the note about the journal’s historical APC.