Streaming Videos of EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference Sessions Released

EDUCAUSE has released streaming videos of sessions from the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference.

Here's a selection of sessions:

  • Featured Session: Clouds: From Both Sides Now
  • In the Hot Seat: Phasing Out Public Computing Labs
  • Track Session: The Academic Library in 2025
  • Track Session: Dealing with the Changing World of E-Textbooks
  • Track Session: Owning a Data Center Is So Last Century!
  • Track Session: Real-World Cloud Computing
  • Track Session: A Survey of Video-Streaming Practice and Aspirations in Academic Libraries

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Associate Director for Technology at MIT

The MIT Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director for Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The MIT Libraries seek an innovative and experienced manager to fill its senior technology position. The Associate Director for Technology will lead the Libraries’ evolving technology strategy, advance its digital technology research efforts, and manage and coordinate IT development in furtherance of the Libraries’ strategic initiatives and service priorities. S/he will have broad responsibility for information technology across the Libraries, including assessing IT trends and innovations and maintaining important relationships with key players outside the Libraries.

The AD for Technology will seek funding and collaborative partners at MIT, within foundations, and with other institutions – educational, governmental, and non-governmental – to advance system-wide initiatives. S/he will continue the work of the Libraries’ respected and productive research program in the practical applications of digital technology for libraries. As the leader of the Technology Directorate, s/he will be responsible for the oversight of software development and systems administration activities within the Libraries, and for assessing and planning the Libraries’ enterprise systems environment.

The AD will be a member of the senior management team and will contribute to long-range planning, program development and evaluation, resource development, budget formulation, and allocation of resources in support of the Libraries’ mission. In the context of a distributed technology organization, s/he will also provide leadership in technology transfer, assessment, and coordination related to technology-driven processes and services throughout the MIT Libraries.

The Associate Director for Technology will extend existing working relationships with other IT service organizations at MIT, as well as with academic departments and labs engaged in complementary research efforts. S/he will be the MIT Libraries’ primary liaison with organizations such as CNI, EDUCAUSE, DLF, and will participate actively in the national and international development of digital library models and standards.

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Special Issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication about the Creative Commons

PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication has published a special issue about the Creative Commons.

Here's an excerpt from the issue's editorial by Elliott Bledsoe and Jessica Coates:

We are privileged to be able to begin this issue with an interview with one of the leading thinkers in the field, Esther Wojcicki, the Vice-Chair of the Creative Commons Board of Directors. Esther is an award winning journalist and educator, who has taught at Palo Alto High School in California for 25 years and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Hotchalk. She is an articulate and experienced advocate of open, using it in her professional and personal life. In Wojcicki’s interview she introduces us to the background philosophy of Creative Commons through the lens of her experience, giving her take on why rights literacy is necessary to teach a generation that will work and play primarily on the net.

Providing a broader overview of where things are at, the issue commences with Rachel Cobcroft’s piece chronicling the development of the international Creative Commons Case Studies initiative. The 2-year-old qualitative research project uses real world examples to gauge the impact of the Creative Commons licensing scheme's legal, technological, social, media and policy initiatives. As well as providing the fundamentals of the Creative Commons model, Cobcroft's piece examines the progress of open content licensing; identifies models of implementation and licensing trends across industry sectors as diverse as music, government, wikis and fashion; and, perhaps most importantly, explores individual motivations for the adoption of open philosophies.

A similar focus on motivations is central to our second piece by Cheryl Foong. However, in contrast to the broad picture provided by Cobcroft, Foong takes a narrow focus for her analysis, asking the question can open philosophies go hand in hand with commercial gain? Drawing on examples of adoption of Creative Commons licensing by content creators and intermediaries, Foong concludes that, if used wisely, the open licensing scheme can be a useful tool for those creators who wish to circumvent traditional distribution channels dominated by content intermediaries, while maintaining a level of control over their copyright works. However, Foong identifies a need for caution – giving your work away is not a business model in itself, and only those who can successfully adapt the tools provided by the open movement to, as Techdirt CEO Mike Masnick puts it, connect with fans and give them a reason to buy,. . . will achieve success in this space.

The message that open is valuable, but does not solve all problems is taken up in our third paper, a collaborative piece by Alexandra Crosby and Ferdiansyah Thajib. Viewed through the lens of video activism in Indonesia, Crosby and Thajib seek to explore the experience of individual creators attempting to tackle the behemoth of copyright in the liberated, but confusing, internet age. In doing so, they argue that while open licensing is an improvement on the models of the past, there is not yet a solution for the problems of copyright management that fits the Indonesian context. Of particular concern are issues of collaboration and credit in a world where attribution is the new currency, and the increasing gap between the global rhetoric of copyright enforcement and the diversity of practices on the ground. In the end Crosby and Thajib conclude that if the commons movement is to be successful in Indonesia, it must address cultural issues, images of imperialism and practical barriers to clear and open licensing in a society where no strong copyright tradition exists.

The final paper by Peter Jakobsson also focuses on the principle of collaboration that underpins the current commons movement, but with a more critical, theoretical eye. Relying primarily on the analytical model provided by Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire, Jakobsson examines the relationship between the growing trend, and rhetoric, of cooperation on the ‘social web' and the often undervalued importance of competition in the same field. In doing so, he argues that both competition and collaboration are not only valuable but central to the new forms and platforms of cultural production. Most interestingly, to demonstrate his argument he draws on the real world example of YouTube's Partnership program, demonstrating that even in a limitless world, scarcity still exists in resources such as viewer attention.

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Generations and Their Gadgets

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Generations and Their Gadgets.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. . . .

  • Cell phones are by far the most popular device among American adults. Some 85% of adults own cell phones, and 90% of all adults—including 62% of those age 75 and older—live in a household with at least one working cell phone.
  • Desktop computers are most popular with adults ages 35-65, and Millennials are the only generation that is more likely to own a laptop computer or netbook than a desktop: 70% own a laptop, compared with 57% who own a desktop.
  • Almost half of all adults own an iPod or other mp3 player, but these are still most popular with Millennials—74% of adults ages 18-34 own an mp3 player, compared with only 56% of the next oldest generation, Gen X (ages 35-46).
  • Game consoles are uniformly popular with all adults ages 18-46, 63% of whom own these devices.
  • Overall, 5% of adults own an e-book reader, and 4% own an iPad or other tablet computer.

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New Journal of Physics Now Includes Video Abstracts

The New Journal of Physics, an open access journal, now includes video abstracts.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

New Journal of Physics (NJP) has today announced the launch of video abstracts as a new integrated content stream that will give all authors the opportunity to go beyond the constraints of the written article to personally present the importance of their work to the journal's global audience.

Early contributions include videos from the groups of David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology and J. Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, talking about scalable ion traps for quantum information processing, and quantum superposition of living organisms. Researchers from more than 25 countries are represented by the videos abstracts that are published today.

One of the first contributors, Neil Wilson of the University of Warwick, UK, said of the service "We are very excited to have the opportunity to feature a video abstract alongside our NJP article. Embracing the possibilities of online media in this way allows us to present our work as we see it, and helps focus interested readers on what we believe the key points to be. We hope that being able to put faces to names, and visualize some of the research in action, will add a human touch and so help the scientific community to grow closer." His video on the structure and topography of free-standing chemically modified graphene can be viewed at

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Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer at University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara's Davidson Library is recruiting a Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer. Salary range: $4,538-$5,082 monthly.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: 20110039):

The Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer provides dedicated programming support to meet the needs of the UCSB Library. Under the direction of the Programmer Manager, has primary responsibility for the technical development and maintenance of the Library website.

Works with the Library Web Content Manager to identify unmet needs among Library staff and patrons. Implements new tools, user interfaces, and applications on the web in a variety of programming languages. Responsible for the administration of the Library's Content Management System, performing software upgrades and maintenance and providing technical support to the Web Content Manager as needed. Performs website-related system administration duties in a complex environment, working directly with file systems and databases. Performs creative layout, graphics creation, and design tasks, and advises the Library on design decisions during website redesigns.

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Digital Archivist at Washington University

Washington University's Olin Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist. Salary Range:$3,185.00-$4,060.88 per month.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist will assume management responsibilities in the area of archival processing of material regardless of format; lead the archives’ digital initiatives; and develop strategies for the management of digital assets/electronic records. These responsibilities involve working closely with the University Archivist and other University departments. This position will also provide some references services.

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"Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature?"

Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder have self-archived "Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature?" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Does online access boost citations? The answer has implications for issues ranging from the value of a citation to the sustainability of open-access journals. Using panel data on citations to economics and business journals, we show that the enormous effects found in previous studies were an artifact of their failure to control for article quality, disappearing once we add fixed effects as controls. The absence of an aggregate effect masks heterogeneity across platforms: JSTOR boosts citations around 10%; ScienceDirect has no effect. We examine other sources of heterogeneity including whether JSTOR benefits "long-tail" or "superstar" articles more.

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Twitter Updates for 2/4/11

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Michele Kimpton Named Chief Executive Officer of DuraSpace

DuraSpace has named Michele Kimpton as its Chief Executive Officer.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization providing open source software and services, announced today that Michele Kimpton will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2011. Kimpton is currently the Chief Business Officer of DuraSpace, and formerly the Executive Director of the DSpace Foundation.

Kimpton will succeed current CEO, Sandy Payette, who will be entering a doctoral program at Cornell University to pursue a PhD and new research focused on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. Payette will continue to work with DuraSpace as strategic advisor to the Executive Team through June 2011. Brad McLean will continue in his current role on the Executive Team as Chief Technology Officer. . . .

Also effective March 1, 2011, Jonathan Markow will assume the newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer for DuraSpace. Markow brings years of experience in open source software strategy and community leadership. Most recently, Markow was the Executive Director of JASIG, a not-for-profit organization devoted to sponsoring and supporting open source software for higher education.

Kimpton was recently featured by the Library of Congress as a "Digital Preservation Pioneer" for her work in developing entrepreneurial, community-driven and culturally sensitive approaches to creating tools and strategies in support of digital archiving ( Kimpton’s ability to create nimble technologies and solutions that are "out of the gate" quickly were especially noted. Kimpton says, "Get a version out into the world as soon as possible and refine it as you go along." She has a strong background in technology development in Asia and Europe bringing innovative open source business practices and technologies to DuraSpace global communities.

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Senior Systems Librarian at Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library

Howard University's Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is recruiting a Senior Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In this senior leadership position the successful candidate will be responsible for the design and development of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library's online presence, including content on an electronic resources web site. The Senior Systems Librarian will evaluate, coordinate, and promote the library's electronic resources, including databases, journals, books, and reference sources for users in an ever changing complex academic health sciences center library physical and virtual environment. The incumbent will establish goals and objectives, define needs, and set priorities to ensure the effectiveness of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library’s online presence. They will provide leadership for developing and maintaining a comprehensive web site that will support organizational strategies and goals.

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Twitter Updates for 2/3/11

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Systems Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University's Library Services is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian provides leadership for planning, implementing, and managing library systems, digital services, and information technologies; serves on a variety of internal and external committees; maintains the library website and other library systems, and provides staff technology training. The Systems Librarian also works at the reference desk and serves as liaison to one or more academic departments, providing subject-specific instruction, creating instructional materials and developing collections.

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Europeana Libraries Project Will Add 5 Million Digital Objects to Europeana

Europeana has launched the Europeana Libraries Project.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Work begins this week to add over 5 million digital objects, ranging from Spanish civil war photographs and handwritten letters from philosopher Immanuel Kant, to Europeana from 19 of Europe's leading research and university libraries.

The project is called Europeana Libraries and it will put many of these treasures online for the first time. It will also add extensive collections from Google Books, theses, dissertations and open-access journal articles to the 15 million items amassed in Europeana to date. Providers include some of Europe's most prestigious universities and research institutes, including the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Trinity College Dublin and Lund University.

The assembled objects span centuries of European history. Manuscripts from Serbia date back as far as 1206 and relate to the Ottoman Empire's European territories. Written in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Persian, they are being digitised by the University Library of Belgrade. There will also be significant film additions. Footage of talks from 10 Nobel prize winners will be contributed by the University of Vienna and the Wellcome Trust Library in London will add 900 clips from medical science films produced over the past 100 years.

Europeana Libraries is notable not only for the content it will make available online but also because this project brings together national, research and university libraries under one umbrella, to make their materials available via Europeana.

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More Than 80% Energy Savings from Tiered Disk Storage Strategy: Planet Filestore: Final Report

JISC has released Planet Filestore:Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:


  • By holding the majority of user files on storage which consumes lower amounts of energy, and which is accessed and backed-up less frequently, there were significant percentage energy (and financial) savings. Modelling indicates that moving 80% of files from RAID10 tier 1 storage to nonmirrored RAID5 tier 2 storage results in a 72% energy saving.
  • Cardiff University’s environment, 93% of files were not modified more than 60 days after they were first created. This means that tiered storage would benefit our environment significantly, with an 82% energy saving.
  • Hardware manufacturers' energy consumption statements were experimentally found to be a reasonable guide to maximum power consumption. This is useful to know when using modelling tools.
  • Idle disks may consume almost as much (approximately 90%) energy as busy disks. This means that unless a storage array has "spin-down" features, it is best to add disk capacity only as and when needed.

Read more about it at "Moving Files, Saving Energy."

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Digital Archivist at Columbia University

The Columbia University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0001678):

The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia's special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

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Twitter Updates for 2/2/11

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Senior Manager for Web Initiatives at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Senior Manager for Web Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Manager will have the following core areas of responsibility:

  • Directly responsible for, Digital Gallery, and the Library Intranet (LAIR).
  • Responsible for working with stakeholders from all parts of the Library (including Library Sites and Services, the Research Libraries, ITG, Communications, Marketing, Collections, EPE, Finance and Legal) to implement Web Projects, Evaluate their usability and impact, and continuously improve them.
  • Projects Include:
    • Public Interfaces of the NYPL Web Catalog (with the ILS team)
    • Digital Humanities projects (maps, menus) and on-line exhibitions
    • eAdvocacy
    • Migration of legacy content
    • Client requests for Website improvements
  • Chiefly responsible for implementing the Research Library 2.0 on-line Strategy, by overseeing the design and implementation of opt-in public profiles, social sharing layer, exposure of collections through APIs, and enabling crowdsourcing.
  • Oversees the implementation of the agile product management framework for the Library's Digital Staff.
  • Manages the continuous improvement of all Web Interfaces through design and development in response to patron and staff needs.
  • Analyzes patterns of Web use and develops strategies for increasing and optimizing traffic.
  • Partners with ITG to keep all sites up and running. This includes Security, Module, Code updates, and Bug Tracking.
  • Pitches the Steering Committee for funding and reports on business results.
  • Works with the Digital Project Mangers to allocate and Manage Developers  time across Digital Projects including those led by others (e.g. repository,certain ILS projects).  

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Open Access: Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries

The EIFL-OA advocacy program has released Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries.

Here's an excerpt:

The survey attempted to gather information from a broad spectrum of research institutions in developing and transition countries in order to get a better understanding of the current state of the implementation of open content licenses. We looked at the web sites of 2,489 open access journals and 357 open access repositories from EIFL network countries. And this report highlights the best practices in using open content licenses by open access journals and open access repositories in developing and transition countries.

Some general findings of the survey:

Using open content licenses by open access journals:

  • We identified 556 open access journals that are licensed under open content licenses.
  • There are four types of Creative Commons licenses, which are used – the most liberal Creative Commons Attribution license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license and the most restrictive Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.
  • 94% of the access journals we surveyed are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license (524 open access journals in Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Lithuania, Macedonia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Thailand).
  • Nine open access journals in China, Russia and South Africa are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.
  • Three open access journals in Ghana, Nigeria and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license.
  • And twenty open access journals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.

Using open content licenses by open access repositories:

  • We identified nine open access repositories that are licensed under open content licenses.
  • A repository of open educational materials in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license
  • A repository of open educational materials in Kenya is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
  • One repository in China, two repositories in Poland and two repositories in Thailand are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike license.
  • A repository in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
  • A repository hosted in Argentina is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works license.
  • Some repositories in Botswana, Poland and South Africa recommend the depositors to use Creative Commons licenses. As a result a number of publications in these repositories are licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

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Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Adopts Open Access Resolution

Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has adopted an open access resolution.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Columbia University is joining a growing movement among universities and research institutions to make scholarly research available free to the public online. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is the first program at the university to adopt an open access resolution, which calls for faculty and other researchers to post their scientific papers in online repositories such as Columbia's Academic Commons.

The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote of Lamont-Doherty's Executive Committee on Dec. 22, 2010, and will be effective on March 1. Similar resolutions have been adopted at Harvard, MIT, Duke, Stanford, and many other universities in the U.S. and several foreign countries.

Lamont-Doherty researchers typically publish scores of articles annually in many of the leading scientific journals. One of the challenges for scientific research, however, is that articles are often available only to researchers at universities and other organizations that pay substantial subscription fees. By posting articles in an open-access repository, authors are able to make their works freely and widely accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. . . .

In addition to increasing the availability of research, the resolution has implications for agreements between authors and publishers regarding the copyrights of the individual articles. According to Dr. Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office, the resolution underscores the connection between publication agreements and the ability to use and share one's own scholarly works. "While nothing in the resolution will upend publication conventions, the movement toward open access is raising awareness of the need to draft better agreements and for authors to be good stewards of their own copyrights," he observed. . . .

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a key component of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is one of the world's leading research centers seeking fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. More than 300 research scientists and students study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean. From global climate change to earthquakes, volcanoes, nonrenewable resources, environmental hazards and beyond, observatory scientists provide a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humankind. For more on Lamont's research, visit the web site at

Information Technology Manager at Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is recruiting an Information Technology Manager. Salary range: $64,875-$89,086.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The City of Cedar Rapids is currently recruiting for an Information Technology Manager for our Public Library. We are seeking a change agent, to assist us in reinventing the library. The CRPL lost its primary facility in the historic flooding of 2008. Now we have the rare and exciting opportunity to reinvent ourselves! The ideal candidate is an innovator and provocateur—the architect of new products and services. They are a team builder who finds practical solutions to business problems. They make everyone else’s game better. Come and change our culture, processes, and tools by translating mundane and emergent technologies into products and services prized by our customers.

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Twitter Updates for 2/1/11

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Sr. Technical Analyst at the University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries are recruiting a Sr. Technical Analyst. Hiring range: $42,931-$73,956.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Project Developer/Senior Technical Analyst is primarily responsible for support and ongoing development of CORAL (electronic resources management system developed in house using Object Oriented PHP, MySQL and JQuery/Ajax), Datamart (locally developed reporting system to facilitate management and statistical reporting of Aleph data using an open source ETL, shell scripting and Oracle), and Bibliographic Statistics database (locally designed MS SQL database for gathering statistics across the Libraries).

The incumbent also provide support for electronic resources applications, including Metalib, SFX, and e-journals locator. The applications support includes systems upgrades, enhancement implementation, and code problems fixes. The position works closely with Senior Project/Application Developer, Senior Technical Consultant Analyst for SFX and electronic journals, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Systems administrator.

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Wiley Open Access Launched

John Wiley & Sons has launched Wiley Open Access.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Wiley Open Access will provide authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply. . . .

The new journals are being launched in collaboration with a group of international professional and scholarly societies with which Wiley currently partners.  Each journal will appoint an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board responsible for ensuring that all articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and each journal will be offered with the full functionality of Wiley Online Library.

The new Wiley Open Access journal Brain and Behavior will publish open access research across neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology.  Brain and Behavior’s newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, Andrei V. Alexandrov, Professor of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, comments:

"With the launch of Brain and Behavior, the Editorial Board and I, along with the support of many international societies, will offer the research community a high quality peer-reviewed journal that meets the needs of those authors who wish to publish their work in an open access environment. I am delighted to be working with Wiley to deliver this important new service."

Professor Allen Moore, University of Exeter and newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ecology and Evolution comments:

"I am excited to be involved with this new open access journals initiative.  Ecology and Evolution will deliver rapid decisions and fast publication of research in all areas of ecology, evolution and conservation science.  By working in collaboration with leading societies to deliver open access to all, this new journal offers authors an ideal place to publish their work quickly to the broadest possible audience." . . .

Wiley Open Access journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.  A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles.  Wiley will introduce a range of new payment schemes to enable academic and research institutions, funders, societies, and corporations to actively support their researchers and members who wish to publish in Wiley Open Access journals. 

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