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OA Highlights in 2009

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OA Highlights in 2009

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Jan. 21: University of California (UC) libraries join the Springer Science+Business Media experiment to support open access (OA) publishing. Essentially, this is an agreement to help UC convert from a subscription to an OA environment.

Jan. 27: Publication of the Houghton Report, "Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring the Costs and Benefits." The report concluded that the U.K. higher education sector could save about £80 million (about $129 million) a year by shifting from toll access to OA publishing.

June 12: The Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) is launched. OASIS is a new portal for educational materials on the "concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving Open Access."

June 25: The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S. 1373) is reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. FRPAA would essentially extend the National Institutes of Health (NIH) OA policy across the federal government, requiring most federally funded researchers to deposit their peer-reviewed manuscripts in a suitable OA repository at the time of acceptance for publication.

Aug. 7: The Open Humanities Press announces that it is partnering with the University of Michigan Library's Scholarly Publishing Office to produce OA books. Coupled with 2008's launch of Bloomsbury Academic, this is a sign that OA is broadening to encompass books and the humanities.

Aug. 20: PLoS Currents is launched, allowing researchers to submit raw preprints, data sets, and preliminary analyses. These are made freely available online without first being subjected to in-depth peer review. …

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