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More Support for Federal Research Public Access Act
Fifty-three liberal arts college presidents from across the U.S., representing 22 states and approximately two-thirds of the institutions in the Oberlin Group of Liberal Arts College Libraries, have joined together to sign a letter of support (http://www.oberlingroup.org/about/frpaa.pdf) for the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) of 2006 (S.2695). The legislation would require federal agencies that fund more than $100 million in annual external research to make manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles stemming from that research publicly available via the Internet. (For detailed information on FRPAA, see the NewsBreak by Robin Peek at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=15852.)
The media was alerted to this letter of support by The Alliance for Taxpayer Access (http://www.taxpayeraccess.org), a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing entities that support expanded access to the results of federally funded research, including passage of FRPAA. According to SPARC, which is a member of the Alliance, a total of 116 higher education institutions have now gone on record in support of FRPAA (http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/institutions.html).
The letter urged the higher education community, American taxpayers, and members of Congress to support passage of FRPAA into law. The letter stated that this would be a major step forward in ensuring equitable online access to research literature that is paid for by taxpayers. Further, the letter stated: "Given the scope of research literature that would become available online, it is clear that adoption of the bill would have significant benefits for the progress of science and the advancement of knowledge. We are also supportive of the Federal Research Public Access Act because it has been crafted in a way that provides ample protection for the system of peer review. It provides a six-month window, following publication in peer-reviewed journals, before manuscripts are required to be openly accessible on the Internet. This embargo period on access to publicly-funded research safeguards the interests of scholarly societies and other publishers. In addition, the bill leaves control of the final published version of articles, which is generally used for citation purposes, in the hands of publishers."Source: The Alliance for Taxpayer Access
EBSCO Announces Partners for Journal Access
In partnership with Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com), EBSCO Information Services is offering individual e-journals to academic and government institutions in many of its major locations throughout the world. This offering, made possible through E-Select: E-journals from Elsevier (powered by ScienceDirect), is designed for individual-title online access. It provides full-text access to more than 1,300 titles in the social sciences and STM (scientific, technical, and medical) areas. It also includes access to a backfile of subscribed content dating back to January 1995.
Additionally, researchers have the ability to search all articles available on the ScienceDirect platform, including access to nearly 8 million abstracts. Researchers can also set up alerts to notify them when new issues are available electronically (often prior to print). Individual password access is available for up to five unique users. Users can also benefit from unlimited viewing, downloading, and printing from the journals to which the institution subscribes. EBSCO said this option is ideal for institutions with small print journal collections. For more information about ordering Elsevier through EBSCO, including how to receive this service free through Dec. 31, 2006,visit http://www.ebsco.com/e-select.
In its latest partnership with Springer Science+Business Media (http://www.springer-sbm.de), EBSCO is offering the Springer Online Archives Collection, which provides almost 2 million archive records of journals published prior to 1996, available as 11 subject-specific collections. Select Online Book Series chapters published prior to 1996 are included in the online archives.
Each collection contains between 50 and 180 journal titles, some chronicled from Volume 1, Issue 1. The online archives are fully searchable by author, article title, keyword, or publication and include HTML title, author, and abstract information; XML references; integrated cross-searching for faster results; and full integration with current related content. All institutions currently holding SpringerLink subscriptions will have free access to the abstracts of all online journal archives as they become available.Source: EBSCO Information Services
Evidence Matters Adds New Disease Modules
Evidence Matters, Inc. (http://www.evidencematters.com), a digital medical resource that allows clinicians to compare therapies for their patients based on peer-reviewed medical research, is releasing specialty content in three new areas for its evidence-based search engine. The new modules cover disease topics in Respiratory Disorders, Gastroenterology, and Neurology. ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) is the exclusive global distributor of Evidence Matters to the academic and hospital markets; the company began distributing it in January 2006. Evidence Matters complements ProQuest's periodical full-text products and medical books.
The three new Evidence Matters modules complement current content in Oncology, Cardiology, and Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, adding to the growing list of medical disciplines (which is expected to include 10 specialty areas by the end of the year).
In addition to this release, Evidence Matters recently enhanced its user interface. Improvements include a simplified look to the Evidence Matters basic search page for IP-recognition users. Also, the advanced Question Wizard form has been reorganized to make it even easier to construct searches in a PICO search structure (PICO = "Patient/Problem," "Intervention," "Comparison," "Outcome"). The PICO search structure provides for more evidence-based results. New one-click contextual help is now available throughout the product Web pages. Source: ProQuest Information and Learning
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