Timeline 2004

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  • January 20, 2004. The National Library of Canada (NLC) started providing open access to doctoral dissertations on deposit at Theses Canada.
  • January 27, 2004. The entire editorial board of Les cahiers du numérique resigned in order protest the journal's high price and limited online access policy. See Journal declarations of independence.
  • June 3, 2004. Elsevier announced its new policy permitting authors to post the final editions of their full-text Elsevier articles to their personal web sites or institutional repositories. The policy was officially announced on June 3 but first publicized on May 27. (See SOAN for 6/2/04 and 7/2/04.)
  • June 15, 2004. The European Commission launched an inquiry into the system for publishing European research. Among the major topics are rapidly rising journal prices and open access to research findings.
  • July 20, 2004. The U.K. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee issued a lengthy report based on its inquiry into journal prices and open access. The report recommended that public funding agencies require open access to publicly-funded research through deposit in the authors' institutional repositories. It also recommended further study of the upfront funding model for open-access journals. (See SOAN for 8/2/04.)
  • August 24, 2004. A large number of U.S. public-interest groups launched the Alliance for Taxpayer Access to support open access to taxpayer-funded research.
  • September 8, 2004. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) issued a public statement calling for an open-access registry and database of drug trial data, and announcing that its member journals would not publish research articles based on unregistered drug trials.
  • October 5, 2004. Sage Publications adopted a new policy to allow its authors to deposit their postprints on open-access institutional repositories without case-by-case permission.
  • October 6, 2004. Google officially launched Google Print, which eventually differentiated into the Google Publisher program (book scanning with the consent of publishers) and the Google Library program (book scanning with the consent of libraries and not necessarily the consent of publishers). Prior to the official launch, the beta was publicly revealed as early as December 2003.
  • December 6, 2004. Portugal's University of Minho adopted a do Minho, Portugal policy mandating that its faculty deposit their research (with a few exceptions), and that grad students deposit their theses and dissertations, in the university's open-access repository. The policy took effect on January 1, 2005
  • December 14, 2004. Google announced its project to digitize and index millions of public-domain and copyrighted books from five major libraries.
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