CLOCKSS archive adds four publishers; NLM’s new image search engine Open-i is available; ILL services at Library and Archives Canada to end; Window for terminating a copyright transfer agreement opens in Jan. 2013; Mendeley introduces open source citation style editor; and Washington Post plans a paywall.
ALPSP, Rocky Mountain Geology, Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche Trento, and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Press (VGTU Press) will participate in the CLOCKSS archive to preserve their ejournals and ebooks.
The National Library of Medicine’s new image search engine Open-i is available for use. “This project “aims to provide next generation information retrieval services for biomedical articles from the full text collections.” Although still in Beta format, this Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine promises to change the way we search for and access images. Examine the initial 600,000 images from PMC (PubMed Central). View your results as a citation list or as an image grid. Search with words or search with AN IMAGE. Limit to image type (e.g. MRI or chart), to subsets, or to specialties.”
In case you missed it, interlibrary loan (ILL) services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will end in December 2012… LAC will continue to facilitate inter-library loan activities among other institutions through the ILL form in AMICUS, and through ongoing administration of Canadian Library Symbols.” In addition, “LAC’s ILL listserv (CANRES-L) and Canadian Library Gateway also will be archived in December 2012.”
Information Today reports that “a little-known provision of the Copyright Act of 1976 could wreak further havoc on a publishing industry… Section 203 on the Copyright Act allows the original author(s) of creative works to terminate any transfer or licensing agreement 35 years after the license was signed and “reclaim” their copyrights. As this provision went into effect on Jan. 1, 1978, the “window” for terminations will open on Jan. 1, 2013. However, as this termination “window” is only open for a limited period, authors may lose their termination rights if they don’t take steps promptly…”
Information Today also notes that “research collaboration startup Mendeley announced the release of the first true what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) citation style editor for open source CSL citation styles—produced in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation… Mendeley’s new WYSIWYG citation style editor allows anyone to click on any element of a citation they would like to change and then format the output with a few simple clicks. The output is saved in CSL-standard compliant XML and can thus be used in any other reference management tool. If researchers do not know the name of the citation style they need, they can simply type in an example, and the Mendeley CSL Editor will suggest matching styles.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that “the Washington Post, one of the last holdouts against the trend of charging readers for online access to newspaper articles, is likely to reverse that decision in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter.
While details are being finished, people familiar with the matter said that a metered paywall—meaning a website that allows casual readers to read a certain number of stories free before charging a subscription fee — is likely to be rolled out in 2013, along with increases to the print newspaper’s newsstand price…”