Open Access round-up

January 10th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney

Barely into the new year, there are already a few very noteworthy news items.

Introducing PLoS ONE – a partner with Science Commons

On December 20, 2006, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) launched PLoS ONE – an international open-access online publication that employs pre- and post-publication peer review. The journal welcomes primary research from all scientific disciplines for publication. In creating an open source publishing system, PLoS ONE significantly decreases the span of time from submission to publication. The publication was launched in a beta format in hopes of having users shape the online publication into an optimal and flexible open-source publishing system. PLoS ONE was launched with 100 peer-reviewed articles in its arsenal, with subjects ranging from the evolution of language, mimicry of jumping spiders and Alzheimer’s disease.

To check out PLoS ONE for yourself, visit their Web site .

Nature releases under CC licenses

In other news, the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), publisher of science journals, has recently announced it will be offering the content of three of its journals under a Creative Commons agreement. The titles include the EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports(both owned by the European Molecular Biology Organization), as well as the Molecular Systems Biology Journal (jointly owned by EMBO and NPG). They will be released under a CC-Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license, allowing the community to freely share the work as long as the work is attributed as specified by the author/licensor, not used for commercial purposes, and kept in its original form.

Open Access on

From nature to medical journals, thanks to SC’s own John Wilbanks, open access recently graced the British Medical Journal’s Web site . His piece, “Another reason for opening access to research”, sheds light on how open access initiatives and principles can now be seen in scientific and technical publishing. Wilbanks writes that the existence of open access journals, archives and other educational materials all make open access increasingly easy for others to involve themselves in. He identifies a number of common problems in scientific publishing today, such as legal and technical barriers as well as pressure often exerted in a top-down fashion from scholarly publishers on contributors. It is with these issues in mind that Wilbanks believes an open access model offers relief by allowing researchers and contributors access to other resources by making available a set of free tools. This open access model involves a number of key technological aspects, Wilbanks writes, using such approaches as text mining, collaborative filtering, and semantic indexing.

Click here to read this piece in its entirety on BMJ’s Web site.

One Response

  1. curiouser and curiouser, on January 16th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Has anyone created model boilerplate for inclusion in professional association strategic plans? That, plus contact info for peer support in implementation, would go a very long way to getting this toward the tipping point. IMHO.