What has been happening in the world of Open Access in the last week?

The Royal Society, the national academy of science in the UK, has launched Royal Society Open Science, a new open access journal covering science, engineering and mathematics. The society is offering an introductory waiver of APCs for accepted papers.

Nature Publishing Group has announced that high-impact journal Nature Communications, previously a hybrid OA title, will become fully open access on 20th October 2014.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that its first fully open access title, ACS Central Science, will launch in early 2015 with renowned chemist Carolyn Bertozzi at the helm as editor-in-chief.

Virginia Commonwealth University Library has implemented a new open access digital publishing platform, The Scholars Compass. The program seeks to increase availability of academic content by aggregating the scholarly work of students and researchers.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has released its 2013/2014 Annual Report, with interoperability, visibility, and alignment of regional repository networks on the agenda.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new version of the Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The Toolkit can be used by librarians in conjunction with Open Access Week, providing information on a broad range of scholarly communication topics including data management.

And finally, the Right to Research Coalition is recruiting volunteers in the lead up to OpenCon 2014, the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, co-hosted by SPARC, held on 15–17 November 2014 in Washington, DC.