Realizing there are plenty of good blogs that already exist (see a sampling in our Blogroll) to forward the discussion of new models and directions for academic and scholarly publishing, the UCSD Libraries intend for this one to focus on the initiatives and efforts that our very own UCSD faculty are developing. We are very pleased to begin by featuring two such accomplishments.
The Libraries were pleased to host Philip Bourne in the Geisel Library Oct. 14, Open Access Day, as he spoke of his vision of the potential transformation of scientific discourse, possible as authors retain copyright to their works. [Insert link to webcast when it is available]. Phil Bourne is the national Founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology and the author of the popular PLoS Computational Biology ‘Ten Simple Rules Series‘. He is Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego, Associate Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, Senior Advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Adjunct Professor at the Burnham Institute, and Co-Founder of SciVee.
Ajit Varki, M.D., also on the UC San Diego faculty, is the executive editor and a leader of the Consortium of Glycobiology Editors, which announced last week that “Essentials of Glycobiology,” the largest and most authoritative text in its field, will be freely available online beginning October 15. The initiative is made possible through collaboration between the Consortium of Glycobiology Editors, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fittingly, the release of the book follows soon after the October 14th celebration of International Open Access Day, which will highlight prior successes in providing such open access to research journals.
For the first time, a new edition of a major textbook will be simultaneously released in print and free online in a novel approach to publishing that permits the textbook to reach a wider audience.