Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Open access assists with cancer breakthrough

Jake Andraka is a 16 year old from the US who's invented a new method for detecting pancreatic cancer that's being called 'potentially revolutionary'. To do it, he used lab time at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and whatever research articles he could get freely on the web - the following video makes some interesting points about the value of open access to research articles:

Open access to research publications is an increasingly prominent issue - both the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council now mandate open access to publications which result from their funding (the US National Institutes of Health and Research Councils UK have similar requirements). If you're a researcher, Bond Library can help with this issue - Bond's research repository epublications@bond is one way to make your work instantly available on the web. Contact us for more information.

If you're a student, chances are you've come across the paywalls Jake talks about in that video. Again, the Library can help! Bond pays for access to a huge range of academic articles, and if we don't already have access we can usually get it.So don't pay money for articles - ask us!