Monthly Archives: February 2012

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For Open Access Week last year, Alex Holcombe made a video in which an academic publisher explains why researchers have to sign copyright transfer agreements for the scholarly articles they wrote. This video is featured on the Main Page of Wikimedia Commons today under … Continue reading

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On the purpose of copyright transfer agreements

For Open Access Week last year, Alex Holcombe made a video in which an academic publisher explains why researchers have to sign copyright transfer agreements for the scholarly articles they wrote. This video is featured on the Main Page of Wikimedia Commons today under … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Open Access – and how to celebrate the wiki way

Ten years ago, the Budapest Open Access Initiative went public by inviting individuals and organizations to sign a statement in support of Open Access to the scholarly literature, defined as its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users … Continue reading

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For some, Blue Monday is green under UV light

After featuring a model organism yesterday, today’s Open Access File of the Day depicts another one: mice. The photo – taken under illumination with ultraviolet light – shows two transgenic mice (on the left and right) expressing enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein, whereas … Continue reading

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Fast growth may be debilitating

Model organisms are used in many branches of the life sciences in order to render the study of particular structures or mechanism more amenable to experimental manipulation. Zebra finches have helped to address research loads of research questions related to … Continue reading

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Deconstructing pyrophilous beetles

On December 14, we got a glimpse of the Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment, one of the most detailed studies of forest fires. Today, we return to the subject of forest fires: pyrophilous insect species like the beetle Melanophila acuminata lay their eggs … Continue reading

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Tail kinkiness varies among genetically identical littermates

Axin is a regulator of Wnt signaling, and a mutation in the axin gene can lead to cloned mice differing in the kinkiness of their tail, as shown in today’s Open Access File of the Day.     Fig. 1 of the feature Human Epigenome … Continue reading

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GLAM/Newsletter/January 2012/Contents/Open Access report

For some reason, I had forgotten to mention here the three reports that I had put into This Month in GLAM for January (available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License or compatible). So I will paste the one on Open … Continue reading

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A beautiful mountain with wings

Today’s Open Access File of the Day takes us to a mountainous area in northwestern Yunnan, China, which is the habitat of some of chaos theory’s most famous mascots – butterflies, specifically of the species Phengaris atroguttata and Phengaris xiushani. The latter was recently described, and the … Continue reading

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In light of the ongoing debate around the Research Works Act, universal access and the role of publishers in research communication, some images – like the suckling pigs on December 21 or today’s Open Access File of the Day - may take on a special meaning: just imagine … Continue reading

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