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Talk to Focus on Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 12th, 2010

The WVU Libraries will host a discussion on Open Access and its impact on scholarly publishing from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 19 in Health Sciences Library Computer Classroom, LC-1.

Open-access journals are peer-reviewed and provide free online access to full-text scientific and scholarly material. The articles are available to anyone to download, copy, and distribute for research purposes.

The speakers will be Dr. Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning scientist and Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Cameron Neylon, Senior Scientist, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. Their presentations will be pre-recorded.

Dr. Varmus has been an unparalleled Open Access advocate – from introducing the topic of wider access and launching PubMed Central to increase public access to the literature as the Director of the National Institutes of Health, to helping to found the Public Library of Science, a leader in open-access publishing. Dr. Neylon will highlight the kinds of scientific advances Open Access can facilitate, and discuss current examples along with future opportunities.

Following their talks, there will be a short discussion about current publishing practices, mandates for open scholarship, and copyright.

For more info, contact Molly Dolan, Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication: molly.dolan@mail.wvu.edu

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