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Compact for open access publishing equity

On Monday, five major research universities - including the University of California, Berkeley - announced a new Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity. The universities have each pledged to develop "durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals..." Besides UC Berkeley, the other participating universities are Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and MIT.

This compact further shows UC Berkeley's interest in open access, already expressed through our Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, a pilot program to "subsidize, in various degrees, fees charged to authors who select open access or paid access publication."

For more information, check out the coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Sep 15, 2009 | Categories: News & Events, Scholarly Communication | bquigley

Nature News special issue on data sharing

Nature News has published a special issue on data sharing:

As two research communities who held meetings in May on the issue report their proposals to promote data sharing in biology, a special issue of Nature examines the cultural and technical hurdles that can get in the way of good intentions.

Contents include:

Adapted from a post that originally appeared in Open Access News.

Sep 10, 2009 | Categories: Scholarly Communication | bquigley

ASTM Standards Online

All active ASTM Standards, technical publications, journals, books, and symposia papers are now available online through the ASTM Digital Library. The collections' coverage goes back to 1930 and also includes current publications.

Journals available through the Digital Library include:

  • Geotechnical Testing Journal (GTJ)
  • Journal of ASTM International (JAI)
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation (JTE)

Researchers looking for Redline, Historical, or Withdrawn standards should contact the Engineering Library for assistance in locating paper copies. Trying to access from off-campus? Set up the library's proxy server.

Sep 03, 2009 | Categories: New Resources | lngo

Melvyl and ScienceDirect downtime

The Melvyl Catalog will be unavailable due to system maintenance from Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. During this time, the Next Generation Melvyl Pilot will be available.

ScienceDirect will also be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, August 29 for approximately 8 hours starting at 11:30 AM.

Aug 28, 2009 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | jbolstad

CITRIS Research Exchange schedule

The Fall 2009 schedule for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Research Exchange seminar series is now online. The seminars will take place every Wednesday at noon in the Banatao Auditorium of Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, and box lunches will be provided.

The CITRIS Research Exchange is a weekly roundtable of presentations and discussions that highlight ways to frame and tackle societal-scale research issues. The talks are free, open to the public and broadcast live online the day and time of the event.

Aug 26, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | jbolstad

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