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Fossilized Footprints Lead Scientists Down a Prehistoric Path


Whether tromping alone or running in a pack, all prehistoric creatures got around somehow. Paleontologists can use fossilized bones to learn more about what dinosaurs ate, what they looked like, and even how they might have moved, but bones are … Continue reading »

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Why principal investigators funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health publish in the Public Library of Science journals

Abstract: Introduction. The National Institutes of Health public access policy requires the principal investigators of any Institutes-funded research to submit their manuscript to PubMed Central, and the open access publisher Public Library of Science submits all articles to PubMed Central, irrespective of funder. Whether the investigators, who made the decision to publish in one of the seven Public Library of Science journals were motivated by the National Institutes’ public access policy or by the journals’ quality standards is unknown. 

Method. Forty-two Institutes-funded investigators who had published in one of the seven journals between 2005 and 2009 were interviewed, using a semi-structured, open-ended interview schedule. 
Analysis. Qualitative analysis was conducted, dividing the participants into those who published in the journals before the mandatory policy (pre-mandate) and those who published after the policy (post-mandate).
Results. The Institutes-funded investigators submitted to the Public Library of Science journals because they favour the high impact factor, fast publication speed, fair peer-review system and the articles/ immediate open access availability.
Conclusions. The requirements of the National Institutes’ public access policy do not influence the investigators’ decision to submit to one of the Public Library of Science journals and do not increase their familiarity with open access publishing options.

Digital Scholarship Librarian | The College of Wooster

“The College of Wooster Libraries seeks an innovative and service-oriented colleague to become our Digital Scholarship Librarian. This newly created faculty position reports to the Director of Libraries and provides leadership in creating, organizing, promoting, and curating digital materials. The librarian will play a key role in supporting our Open Access resolution, our institutional repository (Open Works), digital projects developed under our current grant, institutional research data, born digital scholarship, and digitized content….”

Open access must be open at both ends

Open access must be open at both ends

What do Early Career Researchers (ECRs) think of Open Access? Following on from Daniel Amund’s post on the topic for OA Week 2014, another Wiley Advisor Jonathan Foster, winner of last year’s essay competition, shares his perspective. “If I have seen further, it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants”. This famous…

Call for Assistant Editors, Open Access Books in Food Science, Employment | IFT

“Are you an ambitious student or recent graduate who wants to build up your experience? Are you looking for a challenge in an international working environment? Are you passionate about the internet and all things on-line?
I would kindly like to invite you to consider the role of Assistant Editor in the pioneer Open Access academic book publishing program in Food Science (nutrition, food engineering, technology, safety, etc.), launched by De Gruyter Open (….”

A recap of a successful year in open access, and introducing CC BY as default

“We’re pleased to start 2015 with an announcement that we’re now using Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 as default. This will apply to all of the 18 fully open access journals Nature Publishing Group owns, and will also apply to any future titles we launch. Two society- owned titles have introduced CC BY as default today and we expect to expand this in the coming months.  

This follows a transformative 2014 for open access and open research at Nature Publishing Group …”

Forum Herbulot 2014 statement on accelerated biodiversity assessment (July 2014)

“Forum Herbulot [FH] is a research initiative, founded in the year of 2000, with approx. 150 members from 42 countries…. FH supports the Bouchout Declaration ( for open access to biodiversity data and thus strongly encourages opening for free use the online access to key biodiversity data including sequences (along with access numbers on BOLD and GenBank / EMBL / DDBJ published in the original descriptions), taxonomic names, descriptions, occurrence data, images, ecological dates, habitats, biological traits and data….”