1.3m KISTI papers to be shown via Kyobo bookstore

“A state-run research institute has agreed with Kyobo Bookstore to provide about 1.3 million of its academic articles on science and technology online, officials said Tuesday. According to the agreement by Kyobo and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information [KISTI], the journal articles will be accessible at www.kyobobook.co.kr or scholar.dkyobobook.co.kr, which is the bookstore’s online service for academic papers.  KISTI, founded in 1962 to establish an infrastructure in science and technology, is also in charge of collecting science-related information from around the world and providing it to local researchers. “We are glad to provide latest trends and scientific journals to people, free of charge,” said Kim Sang-hoon, an official from Kyobo’s e-business sector. “(Kyobo) will further expand its partnership with KISTI to ensure that more people can access science-related information with ease.” The recent move is part of the Korean government’s “Open Access” policy that aims to allow easy access to academic papers for all citizens. Last week, Yonsei University Medical Library signed a memorandum of understanding with Naver, Korea’s largest search engine, to provide thousands of journal articles written by its staff. In August, the National Library signed an agreement with 35 societies and five organizations — including the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency and local universities — to expand its open access system.”

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On 25th October 2014 Tanzania Rural Health Movement in collaboration with Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences-Bugando and Physician for Social Responsibility-Tanzania conducted an Open Access Workshop and Launching of Open Access for All (OA4A) Project.
Mr.Mosses Simon (PSR-Tanzania) was the chairman of Open Access Workshop Organizing committee during his speech insisted full participation of participants in this workshop as it consisted friendly training.
Also the Guest of honor Prof.Mshana Stephen a Deputy Vice Chancellor in Academics and Research at CUHAS said they will continue to support this efforts of making OA awareness to students and rural health workers.
We were very honored to have facilitators with their topic facilitated in brackets Dr.Kidenya (Open Access resource in research practice),Dr.Smart (Open Access resource in Clinical Practice),Mr.Ismail (OA resource and ICT) and Mr.Faisal Hooda (OA overview).
Lastly we had 60 (10 from Misungwi district hospital representing rural health workers) participants who were very grateful to attend the workshop.

Our sponsors were INASP,UNESCO and CUHAS-BUGANDO

Open access week – CSUN content

We were lucky enough to have Donna Okubo from PLOS join us for Open Access festivities here at Cal State Northridge. In a blog post, I discuss open access, efforts in California to create OA mandates, CSUN’s repository SOAR (ScholarWorks Open Access Repository) &c.



Andrew Weiss

Digital Services librarian

Oviatt Library

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

Harvard Engineering and Applied Sciences undergraduate theses to be submitted, distributed online

The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is pleased to announce that it will adopt ETDs @ Harvard, maintained by the Office for Scholarly Communication, to submit undergraduate senior theses to DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), Harvard’s open-access repository. The new approach simplifies the submissions process, replacing the previous paper-based method. Through DASH, this student work will be available open access by default, and will also be preserved in Harvard Library’s DRS digital-preservation repository….

Cite Unseen: Theory and Evidence on the Effect of Open Access on Cites to Academic Articles Across the Quality Spectrum by Mark J. McCabe, Christopher M. Snyder :: SSRN

Abstract:  Our previous paper (McCabe and Snyder 2014b) contained the provocative result that, while providing a small boost to cites on average across academic articles, open access can reduce cites to some articles, in particular those published in lower-tier journals. We propose a simple theoretical model in which open access to an article leads more readers to acquire the full text, yielding more cites from some of them but fewer cites from readers who would have cited the article based on superficial knowledge but who refrain once they learn that the article is poorly done or irrelevant. This simple model yields a series of empirical predictions which we test with data for over 200,000 science articles grouped into bins measured by cites received during a pre-study period. Consistent with the theory, the marginal effect of open access is negative for the least-cited articles, positive for the most cited, and generally monotonic for quality levels in between. Also consistent with the theory is that these effects are magnified when articles are placed on, PubMed Central, a particularly broad and convenient open-access platform.

Exploring open access publishing opportunities

Exploring open access publishing opportunities

We thought we’d extend last week’s Open Access theme a bit longer to shed some light on the various open access publishing options available.  Wiley Open Access team members Verity Emmans and Stefano Tonzani were co-authors on this post. Open access is on the rise – Simba Information predicts that total revenues collected from open access…

Inside the Editors’ Office Webinar: Launching a Sustainable Open Access Journal

Want to know more about the steps needed to launch and operate an open access (OA) journal?

As part of OA Week 2014, the Scholastica team hosted a recorded panel discussion entitled- Inside the Editors’ Office: Launching a Sustainable Open Access Journal. We were lucky to have three editors at different stages of open access journal development join the discussion: Yale University professor Olav Sorenson, editor of Sociological Science, which launched in September 2013; and University at Buffalo Librarians Amy Vilz and Molly Poremski, editors of The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, which launched in early October.

During the panel the editors shared tales from the field and insights on what it takes to get a publication off the ground. Among topics covered was advice on how journal editors should go about developing: an editorial process, funding model, indexing plan, and approach to impact.

If you’re thinking about or in the process of launching an OA journal and want more information on how to get started, we also encourage you to check out The Open Access Journal Starter Kit! It’s a new OA ebook created by the Scholastica team. The Open Access Journal Starter Kit offers a detailed breakdown of steps to take when starting a new journal, with lots of links to additional resources on OA publishing.


Harvard’s 11 Announcements for Open Access Week 2014

1. An Open-Access Policy for Harvard Medical School (October 23, 2014)

Harvard Medical School adopted an open-access policy on June 18, 2014, by a unanimous vote of the Faculty Council. The new policy covers both “quad”-based and clinical faculty. As a result, all Harvard schools now have open-access policies. Like the other Harvard policies, the Medical School policy insures that faculty members automatically retain a license to share their research papers freely through DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), the University’s open-access repository. Faculty also have the option to waive this license for any article, preserving their freedom to submit new work to the journals of their choice. (Read more.)

2. Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Recommends Open-Access Deposit for Faculty Review Process (October 22, 2014)

Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a pilot project recommending to faculty engaged in a review, promotion, or tenure process to use Harvard’s open-access repository DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard) as part of their preparations. SEAS is part of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which unanimously adopted an open-access policy in 2008, asking faculty to deposit their new scholarly articles in DASH. SEAS strongly supports this policy and sees this program as one more incentive to help implement the policy. (Read more.)

3. Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society Adopts an Open-Access Policy (October 22, 2014)

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced that the Center’s faculty directors and staff have adopted an open-access policy. In a landmark unanimous vote, the Berkman Center became the first research center at Harvard to adopt an open-access policy, and the first to extend the scope of Harvard’s open-access policies beyond the faculty. (Read more.)

4. Harvard Library Lifts Restrictions on Digital Reproductions of Works in the Public Domain (October 21, 2014)

The Harvard Library announced a new policy on the use of digital reproductions of works in the public domain. When the Library makes such reproductions and makes them openly available online, it will treat the reproductions themselves as objects in the public domain and will not try to restrict what users can do with them. For additional detail, see the policy FAQ. (Read more.)

5. Peerless Preservation for Harvard’s Open-Access Repository (October 20, 2014)

The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication andHarvard University Archives announced two initiatives to preserve Harvard’s open-access research in the Library’s state-of-the-art digital preservation system, Digital Repository Services (DRS). One initiative will cover electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) and one will cover the scholarly articles inDASH, Harvard’s open-access repository. (