Archive for March, 2009

Updates sent to Twitter, March 2009

Updates related to OA, sent to Twitter during March 2009:

EPrints: repository software of the future or of the past? [podcast][March 27]:

India debates open access,, March 24, 2009 [free registration required][March 25]:

First post of everyONE, the PLoS ONE community blog [March 25]:

Wellcome Trust OA mandate will be enforced, A Scientist and the Web, petermr’s blog, Mar 7, 2009 [March 9]:

Harold Varmus, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology co-chair, on the Daily Show, March 3 [March 8]:

The Price of Knowledge (about OA, from the U. of Edinburgh’s magazine EuSci, Jan 2009, via the Neuronism blog) [March 8]:

Framing the Open Access debate (in favor of non-profit society publishers) [March 4]:


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Making the best of research data

Sharing knowledge: a new frontier for public-private partnerships in medicine, Charles Auffray, Genome Med 2009(Mar 4); 1(3): 29. [OA to full text (free registration required)]. Abstract:

To help overcome the bottlenecks that limit the development of diagnostic and therapeutic products, academic and industrial researchers, patient organizations and charities, and regulatory and funding institutions should redefine the basis for sharing the knowledge collected in large-scale clinical and experimental studies.

Found via: Sharing of knowledge – Making the best of research data, Iratxe Puebla, BioMed Central Blog, March 12, 2009.

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A debate that merits wide dissemination?

Society sues journal over right to reply, Alison Abbott, Nature 209(Mar 19); 458(7236): 264 [Epub 2009 Mar 17][PubMed Citation][Full text]. Excerpts:

The Max Planck Society (MPS) in Germany has begun legal proceedings against publishers Wiley International in a dispute over an editorial in the February issue of Human Brain Mapping……

It wants the journal to publish a letter from the society addressing these concerns without delay…..

[Peter] Fox, together with the three other editors of the special issue, published an extended editorial analysing the dispute in the framework of ethics. This appeared online on 9 December 2008 and in print in the February issue of Human Brain Mapping…..

The MPS has posted a response to the February editorial on the website of Logothetis’s laboratory (see

Srijit Mishra, in a comment posted on March 19, 2009, suggested that: “This is an interesting debate and needs wide dissemination. All relevant papers by Nature, Human Brain Mapping, NeuroImage or any other journal should be available in public domain and there should be no delay in publication once editors accept the same. …”

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Update on OA journals from Academic Journals

On January 23 2009, there was a post, Many new and forthcoming OA journals from Academic Journals, by Gavin Baker, on Open Access News. A list of OA journals was included in the post, organized by launch date. Today, I visited the website of Academic Journals and reviewed their List of  Journals. At the end of the “Instructions for Authors” section of each journal, the current handling fee (article processing fee) for that journal can be found.

Below is a revised list of 54 journals, again organized by launch date.  For those journals with existing issues, the current handing fee has been added.

First online issue before 2009 (with date of first online issue):

* African Journal of Biotechnology (Nov 2002): $650
* Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews (Apr 2006): $550
* Educational Research and Reviews (Apr 2006): $450
* African Journal of Agricultural Research (Aug 2006): $600
* International Journal of Physical Sciences (Sep 2006): $550
* International NGO Journal (Oct 2006): $300
* Scientific Research and Essays (Oct 2006): $550
* African Journal of Business Management (Feb 2007): $550
* African Journal of Microbiology Research (May 2007): $550
* African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (May 2007): $550
* African Journal of Biochemistry Research (June 2007): $550
* African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (Aug 2007): $550
* Journal of Cell and Animal Biology (Aug 2007): $550
* Journal of  Medicinal Plants Research (Aug 2007): $600
* African Journal of Food Science (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Plant Science (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Dec 2007): $600
* Journal of Geography and Regional Planing (Mar 2008): $550
* African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research (Aug 2008): $550

First issue in January 2009:

* International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences: $750

First issue in March 2009:

* Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science: $550
* Journal of Psychology and Counseling: $550

Planned for March 2009:

* International Journal of Genetics and Molecular Biology
* Journal of Engineering and Technology Research
* Journal of Geology and Mining Research

Planned for April 2009:

* African Journal of History and Culture
* International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
* International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education
* Journal of Accounting and Taxation
* Journal of Bacteriology Research
* Journal of Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis
* Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene
* Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics
* Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment
* Journal of Economics and International Finance
* Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies
* Journal of Entomology and Nematology
* Journal of General and Molecular Virology
* Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution
* Philosophical Papers and Review

Planned for May 2009:

* African Journal of Marketing
* International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation
* International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture
* International Journal of Library and Information Science
* International Journal of Livestock Production
* International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
* Journal of Horticulture and Forestry
* Journal of Media and Communication Studies
* Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology
* Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
* Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research
* Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences
* Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

[List modified on March 16 and 17, 2009]

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The TA publishing model applied to an imaginary software company

The Price of Knowledge (about OA, from the University of Edinburgh’s magazine EuSci, Jan 2009, via the Neuronism blog). Excerpt:

I’ve set up a computer software company with a twist. Instead of going the usual route and hiring a team of programmers to develop my new applications, I solicit the public for them. On top of that, I don’t offer a penny. Regardless, people race to give me their brightest ideas before their friends can beat them to it. This allows me to cherry-pick the products I think will make the biggest impact on the marketplace. Of course, even the best submissions need a bit of polishing before they’re fit for general distribution. No problem. I just get a few of their amateur programming buddies to do the debugging for me – free of charge, obviously. All that’s left to do is package the software up and sell it right back to the masses. Easy money.

Of course the company I’ve just described is entirely fictional. Its business model, however, is not. It is exactly the strategy employed by many publishers of academic journals. …

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For additional excerpts, see: Another intro to OA, Peter Suber, Open Access News, March 8, 2009.

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Researchers and the blogosphere

This editorial: It’s good to blog, in Nature 2009(Feb 26); 457(7223): 1058, includes a link to a discussion site. The discussion site, at (entitled: Science, journalism or public discourse? ), attracted many comments. These included such a substantial number of spam posts that the topic was locked by the forum moderators on March 1, 2009. Some posts included links to other related discussions, such as one in a post by Maxine Clarke (dated Feb 26, 2009), with a link to: Why do we blog and other important questions, answered by 34 science bloggers (Martin Fenner, Gobbledygook, November 30, 2008). Excerpt from the end of this summary of responses, by 34 bloggers, to a short questionnaire:

I think a meme like this would also work in preparation for a science blogging conference. Some other possible questions could be:

* What is the intended audience for your blog?
* What part of writing a blog post do you like the most/least?
* How do you find topics for your blog posts?
* Do you write about your own work?

Comment: My own answers, for this blog:

Intended audience: Anyone who is interested.
Least liked aspect: Typos.
How topics found: Many ways, including RSS feeds, Google Alerts, etc.
Write about own work?: Blogs = work.

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Canadian Research Knowledge Network considers SCOAP3

From CARL – ABRC E-Lert # 315 / Cyberavis no. 315, February 27, 2009:

Global high-energy physics community tests waters with open access proposal, RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 3, February 27, 2009

Canada’s organization in charge of licensing journals for  university libraries will consider the global high-energy physics (HEP) community’s bold proposal to establish a new model of open access for journals, even though it is drawing mixed reactions within the library and broader academic communities. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) agreed at its board meeting in January to proceed with an “expression of interest” to gauge support for becoming the Canadian focal point for SCOAP3.*

[*Text adapted from source]

SCOAP3 is the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics. For past posts in Open Access News about SCOAP3, see: search results.

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An experiment with Twitter

I joined Twitter in late December, 2008 (see: Twitter / jimtill). Until now, I’ve seldom provided updates, and my page currently has only two “followers”. However, as an experiment, I plan to post more frequently. The posts will be brief updates about topics of personal interest, including ones relevant to the two blogs that I currently edit (this one, and Cancer Stem Cell News). The individual updates will involve no more than 140 characters (because that’s the maximum allowed by Twitter), but related updates can be posted sequentially. My initial goal: to increase the number of “followers” of my Twitter page (and especially, to add “followers” who find the updates to be a useful adjunct to one or the other of the two blogs that I edit). The RSS feed url of updates to my Twitter page is:

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