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2011-06-14 12:58:15

Since the World Wide Web emerged in the mid 1990s scientists have dreamed of having the whole body of scientific peer reviewed literature freely available on the web, openly available without any hindrance. In the "Open Access" scenario each published article is just one mouse-click away from any reader worldwide, a model which is in sharp contrast to the established subscription system (whereby access is only provided to those people who are able to pay for an annual subscription), 'Open...

2009-09-23 10:25:04

The Presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges in the U.S., representing 22 states, have declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373) in an Open Letter released today. The letter is the first from higher education administrators to be issued in support of the 2009 bill, and further reinforcement that support for the Act exists at the highest levels of the higher education community. The presidents' letter notes, "Adoption of the Federal Research Public Access Act...

2009-05-05 08:55:17

Pfizer Inc. says it will provide funding to allow medical scientists in developing countries to share their research results via the Internet The pharmaceutical firm said it and publisher BioMed Central have agreed to launch an open access waiver fund that will support automatic waivers of publication fees for authors from low-income countries, along them to publish their research articles in BioMed Central's open access journals without paying a publication fee. Pfizer's support for open...

2005-10-11 13:59:26

The first substantial study of the quickly evolving landscape of open-access publishing has found that about 40 per cent of the surveyed journals providing full open access to their articles are not yet covering their costs and face an uncertain financial future. The new study, "The Facts about Open Access," was sponsored by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and HighWire Press, with...


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