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Dear Friends,

The latest issue of Current Science (Vol.104, No.4, pp.403 25th Feb.2013) contains the following editorial which may be of interest to many of us.

Open Access: Tearing Down Barriers
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With Regards,

Christina Birdie

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) supports President Barack Obama’s new policy on “open access,” the idea that published results of taxpayer-funded research should be made freely available on the Internet rather than permanently restricted to journal subscribers or other paying customers. Central to the new policy is the recognition that publishers “provide valuable services, including the coordination of peer review, that are essential for ensuring the high quality and integrity of many scholarly publications. It is critical that these services continue to be made available.”

Source: American Astronomical Society

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About 14 agencies that will be covered by this mandate will have to decide on the embargo period

At last, papers arising from research work funded by tax-payers’ money and published in subscription journals will become open access in about a year after they are published. The latest decision by the Obama Administration will be applicable to all agencies with over $100 million in annual R&D expenditure. About 14 agencies, including NASA, FDA, NSF will be covered by this mandate.

Source: The Hindu, Feb.28, 2013

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Predatory Publishing

While Open access publishing has some obvious advantages —- namely making scientific research freely available to all that seek it —– there are many other factors to be considered.

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In recent times, some of you have been contacted by publishers of Open Access Journals seeking scientific contributions to their journals. While many of these new models of Open Access journals are well established, some of them are still known to be predatory, so be cautious, when you decide to publish with these publishers. IIA library has compiled a list of Open Access Journals in Physics & Astronomy with their profile impact, for your reference and use.

 Open Access Journals in Astronomy & Physics

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