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Taylor & Francis Publisher waiving Article Publishing Charge for open access articles submitted between 10/21/13 and 11/20/13

From Taylor & Francis website: "Taylor & Francis are waiving Article Publication Charges (APCs) for a number of journals from 21st October until 20th November. This decision celebrates two key events - the 10 year anniversary of one of the milestones in the Open Access Movement, the Berlin Declaration, and Open Access Week (October 21st-27th). Papers submitted to selected titles from the start of Open Access Week until the 21st November will be able to publish on an Open Access basis free of charge."

Participating T& F journals:
Complex Metals
Development Studies Research 
Economics and Finance Research
Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials
Journal of Organic Semiconductors
Nanoscience Methods
Production and Manufacturing Research
Systems Science & Control Engineering
Urban, Planning and Transport Research


Open access: six myths to put to rest
2013 OA week columnfrom Peter Suber outlining deterents to OA. 10/21/13

Half of 2011 papers now free to read  A report produced for the European Commission by Science-Metrix suggests that 50% of research articles published in 2011 are available open access. 8/21/2013

University of California system adopts a system-wide open access policy for UC faculty research article publications. 7/24/13

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research  The Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy announces a directive for Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. 2/22/13

A terrific extremely accessible article covering scholarly communication, open access and emerging trends from US News and World Report, "Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?" 7/23/12

European Commission embraces open access 7/17/12

Free access to British scientific research within two years 7/15/12

Britain Announces Plan to Make Publicly Financed Research Freely Available 5/3/12

Values and Scholarship, an open essay from 11 large research university provosts in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act legislation which underscores the principle that the results of publicly funded research be open to the public. (Inside Higher Ed 2/23/2012)

Resources for Staying Current

Emerging forms of digital scholarship, new models of journal publishing, federal legislation regarding open access mandates, data curation requirements of funding agencies, the rise of open scholarship and research; there's a lot to be aware of.  Several web sites do an excellent job of keeping up on the latest news.


Kevin Smith's

Follow the Chronicle of Higher Education on  scholarly communication and topics.

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) news pages 

SPARC Open Access Newsletter




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