PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members

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PLoS Updates and Information

PLoS' 5th Anniversary

PLoS celebrated its 5th anniversary this year by participating in OA Day along with SPARC and Students of Free Culture. We thought: what better way to celebrate than to support the OA community? OA Day was a huge success, with over 120 organizations from more than 27 countries participating.

Journal News

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases One Year Anniversary
PLoS NTD celebrates it's first year anniversary

PLoS Genetics, Jane Gitschier's Interviews
Jane Gitschier continues her collection of interviews giving insight into the life of the presiding judge in Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al.,—the famous case in which the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes was ruled unconstitutional.  Taken to School: An Interview with the Honorable Judge John E. Jones, III offers a fascinating view of the man behind this landmark decision.

PLoS Medicine's Most-Viewed Papers in 2008
The most-viewed papers in PLoS Medicine in 2008 covered a variety of topics. At the top by quite a long way was Irving Kirsch and colleagues' research paper "Initial Severity and Antidepressant Benefits: A Meta-Analysis of Data Submitted to the Food and Drug Administration." This paper had very wide press and blog coverage and led to calls to increase the availability of data from clinical trials.

Two other highly viewed papers were on health and lifestyle: Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure by Pieter van Baal and colleagues and Kay-Tee Khaw and colleagues' paper Combined Impact of Health Behaviours and Mortality in Men and Women: The EPIC-Norfolk Prospective Population Study , which suggested how one could potentially increase one's life span by up to 14 years.

Open Access Updates and Resources

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

The OASPA mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.

Through a shared interest in developing appropriate business models, tools and standards to support OA publishing, OASPA can ensure a prosperous and sustainable future to the benefit of our members and the scholarly communities they serve.

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them and use them for reference.

Life after OA Day

Please remember that promoting OA is not limited to just October; OA should be promoted all the time! Integrate these resources into your student orientation presentations, post them on your scholarly communication Web sites, or include educational material in your newsletters.

Max Planck Society Pays for PLoS Publication Fees

PLoS and the Max Planck Society (MPS) have recently established an agreement whereby open access publication fees in PLoS journals will be paid directly by the MPS for articles from researchers at Max Planck Institutes .

The MPS is one of the world's leading research organizations whose researchers have an international reputation for scientific excellence. We are delighted to be collaborating with the MPS in this way, so that more MPS researchers will be encouraged to publish their work in PLoS journals, and to promote open access to research literature more broadly. For papers accepted in PLoS journals after July 1, 2008, MPS will pay the publication fee directly to PLoS for all articles where the corresponding author is affiliated with a Max Planck Institute.

In 2003, MPS was the co-initiator of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and ever since then, MPS has demonstrated consistent and strong leadership in the promotion of open access to research results.

With the ever-expanding range of open-access options available to authors, we encourage other research funders to set up funds to cover publication fees in open-access journals or to include such expenses within their grants and research awards.

JISC Report on Author Charges

JISC in collaboration with the UUK Working Group on the Payment of Open Access Publishing Fees undertook a survey of biomedical authors to ascertain the effects of author fees, particularly those associated with publishing in open-access journals. To enhance the findings, higher education institutions were also invited to respond to the same survey, so that some of the findings could be correlated—in particular perception versus actuality.

Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication

In the spring of 2008, ARL engaged Ithaka's Strategic Services Group to conduct an investigation into the range of online resources valued by scholars, paying special attention to those projects that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. The networked digital environment has enabled the creation of many new kinds of works, and many of these resources have become essential tools for scholars conducting research, building scholarly networks, and disseminating their ideas and work, but the decentralized distribution of these new-model works has made it difficult to fully appreciate their scope and number.

Interview with Heather Joseph: Getting the Message Across

For Heather Joseph, it's all "a question of access" to scholarly research.

Genome Technology Open Access Special Issue

Brisbane Declaration on Open Access

The participants in the September Australian Open Access and Research Conference issued the Brisbane Declaration on Open Access (PDF) - now the fourth 'B' for OA (joining the Budapest/Bethesda/Berlin declarations).

This declaration has been heralded for putting practical policy content and substance into OA declarations. Of particular note is that they call for deposit of the final, accepted articles, not the published articles, to be deposited - thereby acknowledging the value-added that publishers put into the published article.

PLoS Out and About

Date Location Event
May 1–5, 2009Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCouncil of Science Editors

Jocalyn Clark, one of PLoS Medicine's senior editors, will be chairing two sessions at the meeting on the Evidence on Open Access and Effectiveness of Peer Review Models.

May 15–20, 2009 Honolulu, Hawaii Medical Library Association (MLA)

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