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December 12, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Palgrave Macmillan Takes New Step Toward OA

Palgrave Macmillan joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a trade organization that represents the interests of global open access (OA) journal publishers in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines.

OASPA enables exchanging information; setting standards; advancing models, advocacy, and education; and promoting innovation.

Palgrave Macmillan published Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850–2000, its first OA monograph, in November 2013. Its journals have had an OA option since 2011, and the Palgrave Pivot program has had an OA option since January 2013.

“We know the demand [for OA] is there, because over two thirds of our academics across all HSS [humanities and social sciences] disciplines said that they thought open access would benefit their specific field,” according to Carrie Calder, director of market development at Palgrave Macmillan. “Needless to say, there is still much more experimentation to be done.”

OASPA developed separate membership criteria for OA books, allowing Palgrave Macmillan to become a member. “OASPA hopes that this will add to the momentum of creative commons licensing uptake for open access books on a broader scale, as is already well established for open access journals, and that Palgrave Macmillan will help to lead the way for more OA book publishers to follow suit,” says Paul Peters, OASPA’s president.

Source: Palgrave Macmillan

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