Self-archiving dermatology articles

Dellavalle, Robert and Banks, Marcus and Ellis, Jeffrey (2008) Self-archiving dermatology articles. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 59(6), 2008 – Discusses the merits of depositing medical journal articles in open repositories.

“… Because of the lack of familiarity, medicine has been slow to adopt new publishing models. However, now, like computer scientists and physicists who have been self-archiving articles for many years, all physicians, including dermatologists, should consider self-archiving their articles more routinely and promoting journals with permissive self-archiving policies …”

Complete Suspension of Access to Science Direct

Wed 17-Dec-08; Access to UM’s ScienceDirect has been resumed. Thank you for your patience whilst we were resolving this.

We regret to inform all users that access to the Science Direct database has been suspended completely by the publisher since 17 November 2008 due to non-payment of their 2008 subscription. As has been informed earlier, the subscription and renewal of all electronic journals have to adhere to the full acquisition procedures instituted by the Ministry of Finance. Different categories of subscription prices (i.e. ≥ RM20K, ≥ RM50K, ≥ RM200K, ≥ RM500K) have to conform to relative levels of the procedure and in this instance, Science Direct costs us more than RM1.5 million for a 12-month subscription. In line with the acquisition procedures, we have to go through several entities for approval and up until today, we are still awaiting approval for payment from the Ministry.

Prof Madya Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir
Chief Librarian

Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There


…Successful repositories have sufficient backing from their libraries and their university administrations to make something work. I can’t make it any simpler than that. Without that support, the best repository-rat in the world will not succeed. With it, you don’t need an Einstein….

The forum offers an exploration of the motivations behind the Harvard policy, the groundwork invested in its creation, reactions and outcomes to date, and the broader implications of this historic step. Headlining the event is Stuart M. Shieber, professor of computer science at Harvard, director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society, faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the key architect of the policy.

We have several repositories:-

  1. UM Digital Repository setup and maintained by the Library; and
  2. DSpace@UM, the University of Malaya’s institutional repository maintained by the Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology

Our friend, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Institutional Repository has been ranked 82nd in the Ranking Web of World Repositories: Top 300 Repositories. As of August 2008, UTM is the only repository from Malaysia in the ranking.