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'Open Access Week' comes to a close, but the movement continues to grow

Open Access Week just came to a close. This was the 6th annual anniversary of a global event that is becoming more popular every year as the open access movement continues to grow and spread around the world - especially in the field of medicine and bioinformatics. Read More »

'Open Access' & Health Information

For a long time, the 'Open Access' movement has primarily campaigned for free and unrestricted access to scholarly information and research articles via the Internet. However, as the movement has continued to spread and pick up momentum, it has shifted its focus to also now include books, monographs, and other media.

Instead of publishers using copyright to restrict access and use of information, new open access licenses now allow authors to retain ownership of their works and grant the public the right to access and creatively reuse their works. New licences, such as those developed by Creative Commons, are now used by many open access publishers like the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central (BMC).

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Aaron Swartz's 'Guerilla Open Access Manifesto'

DJ Pangburn | Motherboard | August 14, 2013

“Information is power,” reads the first sentence of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, written by Aaron Swartz and other free information activists. Read More »

BioMed Central launches 'open access' Cases Database & Semantic Search Tools

Rebecca Fairbairn | BioMed Central Blog | December 10, 2012

BioMed Central has launched a new semantically-enriched search tool, Cases Database, which aims to enhance the discovery, filtering and aggregation of medical case reports from open access journal articles. Read More »

BMC Cases Database

BioMed Central has established the 'open access' Cases Database, a continuously-updated, freely-aavailable database of over 10 000 medical case reports from multiple publishers, including Springer, BMJ and PubMed Central. Read More »

BMJ Open Journals

 BMJ Open is an online-only, open access general medical journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. The journal publishes all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or potentially low-impact studies. Read More »

Breaking the Seal on Drug Research

Katie Thomas | New York Times | June 29, 2013

Together with a band of far-flung researchers and activists, [Dr. Peter Doshi] is trying to unearth data from clinical trials — complex studies that last for years and often involve thousands of patients across many countries — and make it public. Read More »

Dramatic Growth of Open Access

Heather Morrison | UO Research | July 4, 2013

Kudos to the Directory of Open Access Journals for an oustanding second quarter! In the past few months, DOAJ has added 912 titles for a total of 9,759 journals. Read More »

Elsevier Adds Open Access Journal: Annals of Medicine and Surgery to its Medical Journal Portfolio

Press Release | Elsevier | October 24, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces it has added Annals of Medicine and Surgery (AMS), an online-only, open access journal devoted to physicians and surgeons in training, to its medical journal portfolio. Read More »

Elsevier to Flip Seven Subscription Journals to Open Access in 2014

Press Release | EIN | December 17, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that it will flip seven established subscription journals to a gold open access model starting from 1st January 2014. Read More »

FLOSS Manuals

FLOSS Manuals was launched in 2007 to help create better documentation about many of the high quality Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) products now available. Today, FLOSS Manuals has more than 120 books about FLOSS products written in more than 30 languages and maintained by more than 3,000 contributors. Read More »

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals web site was created to promote awareness and open access to the many free, full text medical journals available on the Internet. This is a service provided by Amedeo.

HospitalInspections.Org is a website and/or information portal run by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) that aims to make federal hospital inspection reports easier to access, search and analyze. Read More »

IEEE Launches Open-Access ‘Mega-Journal’

Katie Bascuas | Now Associations | May 17, 2013

IEEE, a major technology association, has announced the launch of its first online open-access “mega journal.” Read More »

Intel teams up with Arduino to promote open-source hardware community

Dean Takahashi | Venture Beat | October 3, 2013

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich announced today that the world’s biggest chip manufacturer will collaborate with open-source hardware platform Arduino. Together, they will work to foster innovation in the “maker” and educational communities. Read More »