Mark Your Calendar: International Open Access Week, October 25-31, 2021!

Join the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Library staff in recognizing International Open Access Week being held October 25-31, 2021. This year’s theme, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity,” partners well with the release of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

International Open Access Week, a global event is an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to engage with their communities about the benefits of open access and to increase awareness of the role open access plays in the scholarly communication landscape.

In support of Open Access, we will be featuring five open access publications by MSK authors and will share one each day (Monday to Friday) as a Today’s Science Sparks on the Library Website. You can also browse the Today’s Science Sparks’ archives to find other open access articles.

I would like to highlight Plan S, supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders with a tagline that states “Making full & immediate Open Access a reality.” The plan requires that scientific publications resulting from research funded by public grants be published in compliant open access journals or platforms. To better understand this movement, check out the Plan S Principles.

You can also discover which open access journal titles MSK authors publish in by looking for the orange open access button in a Synapse work record. If you see the button in a record, this confirms the journal is open access. Synapse is our public-facing and authoritative bibliographic database showcasing the intellectual output of all our researchers.

If you want to participate in the open access week experience, you can follow the conversation on Twitter, as well as share your thoughts. Don’t forget to include the official hashtag — #OAWeek. 

If you have any questions about Open Access, don’t hesitate to ASK US.

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services

What MSK Researchers Can Do to Ensure NIH Compliance

I often receive on a weekly basis, emails from the MSK Community asking for NIH compliance support. With the steady flow of requests, I wanted to take a moment to remind our MSK authors what they need to do for NIH-funded research papers and where the Library can help.

Once the paper’s applicability has been confirmed (does the published work fall under the NIH Public Access Policy?), the copyright agreement has been addressed (paper/manuscript can be posted to PMC (PubMed Central), and the submission method determined (A, B, C, or D), then there are only three remaining steps left to ensure NIH compliance is achieved, just remember — Acknowledge, Acquire and Associate!

ACKNOWLEDGE and CITE
When an author or his/her delegate is about to submit a research manuscript for acceptance to a journal publication, it is important to acknowledge and cite all relevant grants. This includes the MSK Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) which is awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Acknowledging and citing NIH-funding on the manuscript is critical as it highlights for those publishers who are Method A or D, that action is required by them on behalf of their NIH-authors.

ACQUIRE
To demonstrate NIH compliance, the paper needs to be assigned a PMCID number. Many MSK publications can be found in Submission Method A and Method D, which means that the publisher will handle the manuscript’s deposit. If the author or his/her delegate sees no action taken within three months of the print publication date, contact me so that I can investigate the reason for the delay or work with the publisher to deposit the accepted manuscript.

However, if the journal is a Submission Method C, usually the corresponding author handles the paper’s deposit, but it can be assigned to the corresponding author’s delegate, or one of the other co-authors. Remember, it is the accepted manuscript and not the PDF found on the publisher’s Website that should be submitted to the NIHMS system. Authors or their delegates should not ignore the approval emails sent by the NIHMS system for each submission as they are time sensitive and the links will expire.  Addressing these emails moves the paper forward in the compliance process.

ASSOCIATE
All MSK peer-reviewed research papers need to be associated with the core grant (P30 CA008748). The corresponding author, his/her delegate, or one of the co-authors can complete this task by following these instructions.

If you have any specific questions regarding the NIH Public Access Policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have also included the following links to key materials for guidance and additional information.

Donna Gibson
Director of Library Services

International Open Access Week Has Arrived!

Join the MSK Library in recognizing International Open Access Week being held October 19-25. We will be featuring five open access publications by MSK authors and will showcase one each day (Monday to Friday) as a Today’s Science Sparks on the Library Website. You can also browse the Today’s Science Sparks’ archives to find other open access articles.

International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its thirteenth year, is an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to engage with their communities about the benefits of open access and to increase awareness of the role open access plays in the scholarly communication ecosystem. This year’s theme is very timely, with a focus on “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”

If you want to learn more about other open access resources, please feel free to check out our Open Access LibGuide.  This subject-specific guide contains information about Predatory PublishingPreprints, and Info for MSK Authors.

I would also like to highlight MSK-related COVID-19 research publications, as these works are publicly available to both researchers and interested readers. As of October 14, MSK authors have contributed 184 works and we see this number growing at a steady pace.

Finally, if you wish to further embrace the open access week experience, you can participate by following the conversation on Twitter during this time frame and tweeting your thoughts. Don’t forget to include the official hashtag — #OAWeek.

Donna Gibson
Director of Library Services