October issue of ScieCom info

From: Ingegerd Rabow <Ingegerd.Rabow_at_LUB.LU.SE>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:13:01 +0200

[Apologies for cross-posting]



Dear Readers,

Our most important News is the Swedish Research Council's
OA-mandate." To obtain a research grant, the Swedish Research Council
now requires researchers to publish their material so as to make it
available to all. The public and other researchers should have free
access to all material financed by public means.
Further Information.

We also want to point to the 1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly
(COASP) held in Lund, Sweden 14-16 September this year. The
recordings of the individual presentations are posted at

In our series Open Minds Jan Hagerlid presents an interview with
Gunnel Engwall, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters,
History and Antiquities, professor of Romance languages at Stockholm
University.  She relates the Academy's motives for signing both the
Berlin declaration and the EU-petition in 2007 and the consecutive
measures taken by the Academy. Gunnel Enwall also discusses
publishing patterns in the Humanities and the current popular
evaluation metrics.

A new Danish open access network (DOAN) has been established. This
and other developments in Denmark are reported by our Danish editor
Adrian Price.

In his article Building a repository infrastructure for Finland,
Jyrki Ilva, Systems librarian at the National Library of Finland
presents the background and developments, valuable experiences and
best practice, and challenges for coming years.

Activities in Iceland are presented by two articles.
Áslaug Ágnarsdottir's The University of Iceland joins Skemman is a
short report of their experiences and a somewhat surprising attitude
to OA to their theses on the part of the students.

Ian Watson at Bifröst University writes about Starting an Open Access
journal in Iceland. The Bifröst Journal of Social Science / Tímarit
um félagsvísindi is one of Iceland's first open access journals and
the first to use Open Journal Systems software. His article
summarizes lessons learned from the first three years of the
journal's operation.

From Norway Ingrid Cutler at the University of Bergen Library writes
about Creating a library service for scholarly open access journals
and describes the objectives of this service to support both
independent journals wanton to convert to open access, and
professional groups desiring a service for the starting of a new
journal with open access.
Focus is on the library's experiences in establishing and offering
such a service.
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Ingar Lomheim at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology
Library reports on their publishing activities in The focus on
publishing at the NTNU library. The NTNU has decided to put a special
focus on publishing, and the article describes the two major reasons
for this decision as well as the project organisation, goals,
resources, and open access publishing

As usual, your comments and ideas are very welcome
Ingegerd Rabow

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