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Open Access wins

December 5th, 2008 by Thinh

Our friend Mike Rossner from the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) has informed us that they have launched a browser-based system, called JCB DataViewer that renders in jpeg original image files associated with their articles, all of which are available under a CC-NC-SA 3.0 license after six months.

RUP recently adopted CC licensing for their journals, including the prestigious Journal of Cell Biology. Their articles are available online under NC-SA after six months from publication, whereas for the first six months, they have similar terms, but without the permission to create mirror sites.

Also, in another step forward for open access, Autism Speaks, a funder for autism research, announced last month a new policy, which went into effect as of December 3. The policy requires deposit of research articles in Pubmed, which makes it available after 12 months.

We are seeing more and more foundations that fund research taking a closer look at the need to address science infrastructure and to leverage their funding resources, by aiming not just as knowledge creation but dissemination and downstream impact.