STM Board Elections 2014
Nominations for five STM Board seats. There are five vacancies:
- Three "Undesignated"
- One "Under 35”
- One "Non EU/US"
The 2014 STM Election Oversight Committee
- Christina Bennett, American Physiological Society
- Brian Crawford, American Chemical Society (Chair)
- Daniel Schiff, Thieme Publishing Group
STM responds to evaluating big deal journal bundles
Read the STM response here
STM responds to ‘Major international associations join together to underscore their support for immediate open access to research articles’ statement. Read the STM response here.
Paul Nijhoff Asser, Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau
10 March 1928 - 9 May 2014
It is with deep regret that STM announces the death of its first Secretary General, Paul Nijhoff Asser. Paul was appointed in 1970 and ran the International Group of STM Publishers (as it then was) from its inception as a formal grouping until his retirement in 1993. He was instrumental in making STM the most important international body for scientific, technical and medical publishers. He also foresaw the need to organise the world of collective rights management organisations and helped to found IFRRO (the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations) in 1980. He was succeeded as Secretary General by Lex Lefebvre. On behalf of the STM Board, our members and the current staff of the Association, I would like to extend our condolences to his family.
Michael A Mabe, Chief Executive Officer
Creative sector urges EC to support fair copyright framework
STM along with a broad coalition of creative sector organisations have written to European Commission President José Barroso, to highlight the perils of the proposed World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty on copyright limitations and exceptions. See the letter to the Commissioner. See the press release.
STM free webinar on Research Data Publishing
The webinar was organised in close collaboration between STM, ICSU-World Data Systems and the RDA. The 2-hour webinar had 55 participants and focused on collaborations between publishers, data centers and research institutes to facilitate better ways of publishing research data. This work is carried out within a Publishing Data Group of RDA and ICSU-WDS, co-chaired by STM.
The webinar was organised by STM’s Future Lab and moderated by Eefke Smit from STM. Powerpoint slides and a recording of the webinar are available
Statement on Document Delivery to Qualifying Institutions under the Research4Life Programme in United Nations-Designated Least Developed Countries
STM publisher members continue to address gaps in access to the scientific literature by providing international supply of the literature to the least developed countries in the Research4Life programme. Signatories to the statement on document delivery are, in addition to their support for Research4Life, now enabling their current subscribing library customers to provide copies of articles, free of copyright fees, to those educational and academic institutions in Least Developed Countries that are registered members of the Research4Life programmes.
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Making Open Access Licensing Work: Sample licenses from STM
The Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing. The licences have been designed to provide easy to use, ready-made terms and conditions which publishers can adopt and/or adapt to the needs of their users. Click for more.
Publishers making text and data mining a reality
An Outsell Insights article examines how publishers are championing text and data mining (TDM) initiatives. Highlighting STMs’ input into the Licenses for Europe dialogues and pilot schemes from CrossRef, CCC and PLS the feature demonstrates the current drive within the industry to meet the challenges of TDM. Read the full feature here http://www.outsellinc.com/insights/1223270
STM Publishing: Continuity in Transition – Resilience and Reinvention
A summary of our annual conference is now available for those who could not attend the event.
STM co-chairs the Interest Group on Data Publishing of the Research Data Alliance
The Interest Group comprises four different working groups with input from data centres, funders, researchers and publishers. See and download the poster:
PLOS Data Policy Update
From the beginning of March 2014, Public Library of Science will require all their authors to make the data from their research findings publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication. PLOS has issued a detailed FAQ which includes information on the update and covers areas such as standards and exemptions. You can also visit WIRED who covered the data policy change announcement.