Texas passes Open Access materials legislation

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On June 9, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 810, a new piece of legislation designed to support Open Educational Resources in Texas. Sponsored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-18), Rep. Donna Howard (D-48), Sen. Larry Taylor (R-11), and Sen. Royce West (D-23), in response to the rising cost of college text books,… Read more »

Elsevier’s New “Article-Sharing” Policies

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There are several interesting commentaries about Elsevier’s new “article-sharing” policies, which point out that the policies actually impose further restrictions on how authors may share their works. I found Kevin Smith and Stevan Harnad’s posts the most useful in terms of explaining how the terms of the policies negatively affect open access. What do you think of the policies?… Read more »

New Public Access Requirements for NSF-Funded Research / FASTR Introduced in Congress

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its plan for providing public access to results of NSF-funded research. The plan (which is set to be implemented sometime in 2016) requires final versions of manuscripts and papers: Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF; Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge… Read more »