Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Following UCSF’s Lead, UC Adopts an Open Access Policy

On July 24, 2013, the University of California became the largest academic institution to adopt an open access policy.  UC’s Academic Council passed the policy, which strives to make all of UC’s scholarly article output freely accessible to the public … Continue reading

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Expanding Public Access to Research Results

See below for important updates to this posting. An impressive number of open access initiatives have recently come from the federal and California government. These efforts have the potential to significantly broaden public access to government-funded research publications. On February … Continue reading

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New Improved Version of Write-N-Cite 4.0 Available for RefWorks Users

It’s been a frustrating few months for RefWorks users. Both Mac and Windows’ users have experienced all sorts of problems either installing or using the latest version of Write-n-Cite. However, new updated versions are now available. You can download a … Continue reading

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Achieving an Open Access Policy at UCSF

Updated June 15: The UCSF Faculty voted unanimously to pass the Open Access Policy on May 21. See the full announcement. The UCSF Open Access Policy website is available to guide faculty on the Policy. On Monday, May 21, UCSF … Continue reading

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Mendeley: A Free Reference Manager, PDF Organizer & Academic Social Networking Tool

Looking for a tool to help you index and organize your research papers online? Described by some folks as “iTunes for researchers,” Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF organizer. OK, you currently use RefWorks or EndNote for managing … Continue reading

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FRPAA proposes public access to all federally-funded research

In opposition to the publishing industry-backed Research Works Act (RWA), a bill was introduced in Congress yesterday to require public access to research articles resulting from funding from federal agencies with extramural research expenditures of over $100 million. The bill, … Continue reading

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Research Works Act threatens public access to literature

See below for an important update to this posting. A bill introduced in the House of Representatives in December 2011 could have enormous consequences for scientific and medical researchers if passed. Cited as the Research Works Act (RWA) (H.R. 3699), … Continue reading

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