PubMed Central

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What Price Progress: The Costs of an Effective Data Publishing Policy

The hidden costs of data availability policies. Continue reading

PubMed Central Boosts Citations, Study Claims

Researchers claim that PMC boosts citations by 26%. A closer look at the paper reveals serious data and analysis problems. Can we collectively design a better study? Continue reading

Revisiting: The Price of Posting — PubMed Central Spends Most of Its Budget Handling Author Manuscripts

Revisiting Kent Anderson’s post based on his FOIA request documents show that PubMed Central spends most of its money tagging author manuscripts, and that its stricter rules for NIH authors may double its costs. Continue reading

U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Announces Public Access Policy

The second public access plan from a US federal funding agency has been announced. Some first impressions… Continue reading

New US Public Access Legislation Included in Government Funding Bill

The US government’s new appropriations bill contains a public access mandate for research articles funded by some agencies. Continue reading

Estimating the Adverse Economic Impact of Imposed Embargoes

This is a research report, based on a grant from the American Society of Civil Engineers to explore the potential for adverse economic impact on journals from imposed public access embargoes Continue reading

PubMed Central Revealed — Reviewing and Interpreting the Findings of a Surprising 2013

As requested, here is a summary of all the things found so far through the FOIA requests regarding PubMed Central — from eLife to BMC to JMLA to conflicts of interest to coverups. It’s quite a fetch. Continue reading

The Silent Dog — Why Didn’t the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee Even Bark?

The PMC NAC, facing controversies about its oversight functions and seeing the focus of its oversight embroiled in a public scandal, said nothing about these topics at its latest meeting. Continue reading

Should the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) Stop Using PMC As Its Publishing Platform?

Using free government infrastructure that’s not available to everyone else raises questions of fairness, which lead to questions of harm. But who is harmed may be both obvious and subtle. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Howard Ratner on CHORUS and ORCID

Howard Ratner, Director of Development at CHORUS, brings us up to date on that project and on the ORCID system, which turns one year old today. Continue reading

PubMed Central and eLife — New Documents Reveal More Evidence of Impropriety and Bias

New documents show that the Director of the NCBI was deeply involved in getting eLife launched on PubMed Central, that NLM staff were uneasy about the shortcuts taken to make it happen, and that eLife was largely driving the bus throughout. Continue reading

Link Miser — Why the NLM Links to PubMed Central Versions Directly from PubMed Search Results

Why does PubMed preferentially link to PMC versions in its search result lists? Emails from 2011 suggest it’s specifically to generate more traffic to PMC and show off NLM services. Continue reading

October 1st 2013: Government Dysfunction Impacts the Dissemination of Scholarly Research

As the US government shuts down, what happens to the scholarly materials it distributes? Continue reading

CHORUS Comes Into Focus

CHORUS (Clearinghouse for Open Research for the United States) comes from a coalition of scholarly journal publishers and is meant to steward a partnership with federal agencies to provide public access to papers emanating from research they fund. A recent series of presentations from CHORUS offered a progress report and a better sense of what … Continue reading

The Price of Posting — PubMed Central Spends Most of Its Budget Handling Author Manuscripts

New documents obtained via an ongoing FOIA request show that PubMed Central spends most of its money tagging author manuscripts, and that its stricter rules for NIH authors may double its costs. Continue reading

Universities Propose to SHARE Federal Funding Based Articles

Three academic groups have jointly floated a draft proposal in response to the US Government’s OSTP Public Access mandate memo. Continue reading

PubMed Central and F1000 Research — More Signs of Favoritism and Activism, and More Conflicts of Interest

More indications of favoritism and cronyism, this time stretching back from F1000 Research to BioMed Central, and more mismanaged conflicts of interests. The common thread may be a new “old boys” network. Continue reading

Joining a CHORUS, Publishers Offer the OSTP a Proactive, Modern, and Cost-Saving Public Access Solution

A proposed partnership between publishers and the US government in response to the OSTP memorandum may show the way forward for public-private networked information solutions. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Susan King on CHORUS

An interview with Susan King of the CHORUS steering group about the publisher response to the OSTP public access memorandum. Continue reading

Redundant and Expensive – How F1000 Research’s Model Reveals the Root Problems of PubMed Central

More internal PubMed Central emails show quite clearly that PMC is wasting taxpayers’ money solving problems publishers have already solved. Continue reading

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