UC San Diego Open Access Fund (Pilot)

Beginning this week, Open Access Week 2012, University of California campuses are launching a pilot open access fund for scholarly articles. This fund will help offset open access publishing charges for authors who do not have grant funds available to cover them. Eligible charges include Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) fees for fully open access journals. Funds from the pilot may not be used for color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges. Articles must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, without any embargo periods.

UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, researchers, and staff are eligible to apply for funds. The fund will pay up to $1000 per article in a fully open access journal (journals in which all articles are immediately available open access), and has a cap of one article per author per year.

The California Digital Library (CDL) and UC campuses are providing the funds in order to support UC researchers interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California scholars and encouraging greater awareness of authors’ rights. Campuses will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated after 12-18 months.

Additional details, as well as the application form, are located at http://ucsd.libguides.com/openaccess.


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NIH Extramural Nexus: Tidbits about Grants

The Deputy Director of NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, Sally Rockey, has a blog called Rock Talk, where she presents interesting analyses about grants and recipients.  The current post looks at the distribution of grants among types of institutions – with medical schools, independent hospitals etc.


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UCSD Research In the News: Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Slimmer

Dr. Beatrice Golomb and her colleagues have received a lot of national press coverage of this research today:

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Intellectual Property in the news: Wikipedia blackout and more

On Wednesday January 18, Wikipedia (English), the Internet Archive and many other online sites will go offline for a day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently before Congress.  SOPA is aimed at curtailing online piracy and unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials, but critics of the bill claim that it is overly broad and provides inadequate redress in cases of mistaken accusations. SOPA includes provisions for essentially removing a site branded as “rogue” from being found online, forcing search companies to remove listings among other measures.   There is considerable support for SOPA among copyright holders including many publishers that will be familiar to you.  The House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary’s page about SOPA contains the language of the bill as well as a list of supporting companies (PDF).

Another bill that may be of more interest at UCSD is the Research Works Act, which aims to reverse recent mandates instituted by research granting agencies on making articles resulting from publicly-funded research openly available.   This bill is heavily endorsed by the commercial publishing industry and while it will affect fewer general-interest websites like Wikipedia or YouTube, the impact on researchers would be more profound.  As you can imagine, there is considerable debate about this one.  Here’s a statement from the Association of American Publishers which enthusiastically supports it, and an editorial in the New York Times from UC Berkeley’s Michael Eisen, an equally enthusiastic opponent (and co-founder of PLoS).

Things to think about while you are without Wikipedia for a day!

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National Family History Day

As you make plans for a happy Thanksgiving holiday, the Surgeon General suggests also talking about family health.  Knowing your family health history can be a vital screening tool for you and your physician.  So among the many things you chat about with your family this weekend, add health to the list.

No need for expensive genealogy software, use the Surgeon General’s family history site, My Family Health Portrait to capture it all.

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PubMed to Excel

For those comprehensive literature reviews, sometimes Excel (or another spreadsheet) would be ideal for evaluating articles.  Recently PubMed added a “Send To-File” option for the file type CSV (for spreadsheets).  However, I recently talked with a user who needed more than the default columns PubMed offers.

In seeking an answer to how to customize PubMed’s limited columns (not possible, at least, not yet) I stumbled upon a handy tool with a default that included the column he really wanted — article abstracts.  The tool is open-source (free) and called Pubmed2XL.  It will work with just about any spreadsheet program – Excel, Open Office, Google Docs, etc.  Download it free at:  http://blog.humaneguitarist.org/tag/pubmed/.  Those familiar with XML can customize the columns further, but their defaults were perfect for this situation.

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National Academies Press Puts All 4,000 Books Online for Free

The National Academies Press (NAP), the publishing arm of the National Academies of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, announced on June 2 that it is offering its entire PDF catalog of 4,000+ books for free, as files that can be downloaded by anyone.  Many NAP books and reports are relied on by scientists, educators, and policy makers.

The press has published a set of instructions for getting the free PDFs.  The PDFs can be downloaded and read on Kindles, Nooks, and other devices.  Note:  So that you do not incur any charges, make sure to click on the “Download Free PDF” button and NOT on the “Buy Book” button.

Some of the many NAP titles include the Quality Chasm Series: Health Care Quality Reports from the Institute of Medicine (To Err is Human, Crossing the Quality Chasm, etc.), Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Assessment of the Evidence, and Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th edition).

Thank you, National Academies Press!

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NLM Releases “Medicine in the Americas,” Digitized American Medical Books Dating Back to 1610

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH, announces the release of “Medicine in the Americas.”   A digital resource encompassing over 300 early American printed books, Medicine in the Americas makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.

Drawing on the collections of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and including works from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, this initial release of Medicine in the Americas encompasses monographs dating from 1610 to 1865. Additional titles, dating up to 1920 and drawing further upon NLM’s comprehensive collection of early American printed books, will be available on an ongoing basis in the future.

Medicine in the Americas will be of interest to scholars, educators, writers, students and others who wish to use primary historical materials to help expand knowledge of medical and public health history for the advancement of scholarship across the disciplines and for the education of the general public.

Digital files created for Medicine in the Americas, reside in NLM’s “Digital Collections,” a repository for access to and preservation of digitized biomedical resources. Digital Collections allows rich searching, browsing and retrieval of monographs and films from NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Medicine in the Americas joins the recently launched collection, “The Public Health Film Goes to War,” as well as other digital resources, the digital files for which also reside in Digital Collections.

Medicine in the Americas is made possible in part through the participation of the National Library of Medicine in the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Open Knowledge Commons.

Hat tip: UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library blog – http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/biomedical/2011/05/25/medicine-in-the-americas/

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NSF & Managing Data

The National Science Foundation has a new requirement – beginning in January 2011 – to have a plan to manage the data from research.  The management plan must be spelled out in an attachment or in that attachment justify the need for no plan.

Will the National Institutes of Health soon consider requiring it too?

The Libraries are exploring how we can help meet this requirement for UCSD Researchers.  If you are interested, contact us for more information.

The specific NSF language explaining the changes is:

Chapter V – Section 4, R&R Other Project Information, 4.12 Add Other Attachments contains a clarification of NSF’s long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. The attachment name must include the words “Data Management Plan”. NSF will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the application, or both.

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Change is in the Air & at the SOM

This Fall, the School of Medicine began their new curriculum for the incoming first year medical students.  Associate Dean, Jess Mandel is interviewed about the changes by Maureen Cavanaugh at KPBS:  Local Med School Changes Curriculum For Next Generation Of Doctors.  Read the transcript or listen to the interview (from September 30, 2010).

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