In honor of Open Access week, graduate assistants at Scholarly Communications and Publishing compiled a round-up of some breaking news stories related to Open Access!
The remaining JFK Assassination Records will be made available this week. On October 26, 1992, the first President Bush signed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, stipulating that all withheld records should be released within 25 years. We’re coming up on that day. See the records released so far or learn more about the records from the National Archives.
Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis is now openly available through the Cambridge University institutional repository, Apollo. According to the Guardian, it is already Apollo’s most-downloaded item. Read Properties of Expanding Universes yourself, or explore Illinois’ institutional repository, IDEALS, for more open-access scholarship.
Five German researchers have resigned from editorial positions at Elsevier journals over open access disputes. According to Science, “The researchers want Elsevier to accept a new payment model that would make all papers authored by Germany-based researchers open access.” The leaders of Projekt DEAL, which is organizing the protest, expect the number to grow. See also Elsevier’s guide to publishing open access in Elsevier journals. IDEALS encourages authors to negotiate for the right to publish open access.