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Authoritative version of Wikipedia for biology: Encyclopedia of Life Friday, 13 July 2007 4:13 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, Internet Resources, open access, wikis.
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If the $50 million biodiversity effort launched May 9 goes as hoped, the Encyclopedia of Life could eventually be an authoritative version of Wikipedia for biology fans.

Potential applications range from planning natural conservation in suburban subdivisions, to mapping coral reefs in the Pacific, to identifying that odd butterfly perched by your window. Led in part by Chicago philanthropists and researchers, the project aims to create a free internet resource to catalog and describe every one of the planet’s 1.8 million species.

After a few years, as a head of a reference works publisher pointed out: “when the site gains enough content mass, there won’t be much need for libraries to purchase traditional animal life encyclopedias.” He also pointed out that “the trend toward free, scholarly Internt reference sources–the kind not as easily dismissed from a validity standpoint as Wikipedia–will continue”.


Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum Tuesday, 7 November 2006 12:20 pm

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from 11/6/06’s Fermilab Today:
/CERN Press Release/,
November 3, 2006:
*Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum* Geneva, 3 November
2006. The first meeting of European particle physics funding agencies
took place today at CERN[1] to establish a consortium for Open Access
publishing in particle physics, SCOAP3[2]. This is the first time an
entire scientific field is exploring the conversion of its reader-paid
journals into an author-paid Open Access format. Open Access is a
policy that could revolutionize the academic publishing world and have
a great impact on research. By changing the traditional model of
financing publications through reader subscriptions, the publications
will be free to readers and financed by funding agencies via
laboratories and the authors. This new concept in publishing will
broaden opportunities for researchers and funding agencies in achieving
greater benefit from unrestricted distribution of the results of their publicly funded research.

(Thanks to Bob Michaelson, Northwestern University for sharing this on the sts-l)

Bob also shares his concern of the whole field (particle physics) rushes to the open access publishing (when applies to commercially-published journals, we will lose even the little market control we now have over publishing costs). I guess time will speak about its success or failure.

New Journal of Physics, another successful open access story Monday, 11 September 2006 2:01 pm

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New Journal of Physics (NJP), the Open Access, publication charge financed ejournal from the Institute of Physics, surpassed the 1,000,000 article download mark in July. NJP began in 1998.

“The journal’s success is also reflected in its rapid growth – in the last five years NJP has grown by more than 900% and is now accessed in more than 180 countries.” — Librarian Insider, no 8, p. 3 http://ej.iop.org/pdf/insider/2006_librarian_insider_8.pdf

New Journal of Physics
Fulltext v1+ (1998+)
ISSN: 1367-2630
(from sts-l, thanks Caltech’s George Porter)

ACS Offers Open-Access Option To Authors Tuesday, 5 September 2006 8:54 pm

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This was recently announced in the Chemical and Engineering News.

“In October, American Chemical Society journal authors will have the option of paying to immediately provide free online access to their articles on the society’s website. Authors will also be able to post electronic copies of their sponsored articles on personal websites and institutional repositories. Fees for the program will range from $1,000 to $3,000 per paper, depending on whether the author is an ACS member or is affiliated with an institution that subscribes to ACS journals.”

Read the full article at:

(from sts-l)

more open access news Wednesday, 26 July 2006 10:51 am

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There has been dramatic progress in the adoption of Open Access Self-Archiving Mandates lately.
ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies) and ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) now list:
497 institutional repositories registered to date
29 institutional or funder self-archiving policies
10 self-archiving mandates
4 funder self-archiving mandates
For details, read “Dramatic progress in the adoption of OA self-archiving mandates” on the ACRL sts-l.