eScholarship@UMMS, UMass Medical School’s digital repository and publishing system for scholarly publications authored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) community, reached a significant milestone when it topped 2 million downloads on February 3, 2020. We are grateful to our UMMS authors, whose open access materials reach users in 225 countries.
In case you missed it, here are five of the major developments in open data and data sharing for medical and biomedical data in the United States from the past year:
Streams of Consciousness, an open access literary e-journal featuring works of poetry, prose, and photography by members of the UMass Medical School community, has published its first issue.
Open Access Week is just around the corner! From October 23 – 27, the library will be hosting fun and practical events to celebrate! The theme of this year’s Open Access Week is “Open In Order To ________.” Why do you support Open Access?
Join us in the library computer room this Friday, September 15, noon – 1 PM, for the first of our Fall Skills Series in Scholarly Publishing and Communication: Finding and Evaluating Journals.
On Wednesday, November 16, Faculty Council and the Lamar Soutter Library hosted an Open Access Policy Forum for the campus. We were joined by panelists Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and Scott Lapinski, Digital Resources and Services Librarian at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
The story of Sci-Hub presents a good opportunity to review the gross anatomy of scholarly publishing. Those of us in academia, whether we are faculty or support them, know that it is the researchers who investigate, write, and review academic research papers. We know that they do this for free. We know that publishers package these products and charge exorbitant prices for them. And we know that libraries pay these prices for access. Those who are lucky enough to be affiliated with a research library can access much of this content.
The Journal of Global Radiology (JGR), an open access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on global issues related to access to medical imaging, has published its first issue. JGR fills a unique niche in radiology by cataloging the activities and achievements of individual radiologists and institutional involvement in improving access to medical imaging in the developing world.