Speaking of Open Access
Beth Schuck, Cline Library

(April 2011)
Open Access Publishing is:
• Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted
online access to articles published in
scholarly jour...
Open Access Publishing

• Why now?
• Why is it important?
• Why is it challenging?
Why now?
Continuing Issues

• Internet/Networked communications
allow for open sharing of ideas

• Inflationary costs for ...
Why Now, continued?
New Initiatives

• Requirements of Funders – NIH
• Resolutions on Open Access Publishing
from faculty....
Why is it Important?
Benefits of Open Access

• Rights of faculty authors’ retained in this
type of model

• Reputation of...
Why is it challenging?
Barriers

• Promotion and Tenure Traditions
• Prohibitive costs to authors
• Poor dissemination of
...
Why is it challenging, continued?
Solutions
• Physics and Mathematics use of
arXiv.org (@Cornell University)
• Cost sharin...
Discussion
• Questions?
OA Resources
• arXiv.org http://arxiv.org/
• Directory of Open Access Journals
http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=home&uiLangua...
Links to Studies related to OA
• Study published in 2010 showed that of the total output
of peer-reviewed articles roughly...
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Open Access Presentation to Faculty

  1. 1. Speaking of Open Access Beth Schuck, Cline Library (April 2011)
  2. 2. Open Access Publishing is: • Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals, and increasingly also book chapters or monographs.
  3. 3. Open Access Publishing • Why now? • Why is it important? • Why is it challenging?
  4. 4. Why now? Continuing Issues • Internet/Networked communications allow for open sharing of ideas • Inflationary costs for scholarly books/journals paired with decreasing funding • Institutional focus on publishing for tenure/promotion
  5. 5. Why Now, continued? New Initiatives • Requirements of Funders – NIH • Resolutions on Open Access Publishing from faculty. (Harvard, VCU, etc.) • Repositories assist in emphasizing institutional contributions during time of increased accountability
  6. 6. Why is it Important? Benefits of Open Access • Rights of faculty authors’ retained in this type of model • Reputation of University benefits from increased exposure of faculty output • Realize international and interdisciplinary partnerships via this model and increased citation rates
  7. 7. Why is it challenging? Barriers • Promotion and Tenure Traditions • Prohibitive costs to authors • Poor dissemination of information/benefits of open access model- (librarians included here.)
  8. 8. Why is it challenging, continued? Solutions • Physics and Mathematics use of arXiv.org (@Cornell University) • Cost sharing by Universities for OA fees (Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill) • Frank discussions by faculty in departments and colleges
  9. 9. Discussion • Questions?
  10. 10. OA Resources • arXiv.org http://arxiv.org/ • Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=home&uiLanguage=en • Public Library of Science http://www.plos.org/ • Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/ • OA Bibliography http://www.digitalscholarship.org/oab/oab.htm • Open Humanities Press http://openhumanitiespress.org/resources.html
  11. 11. Links to Studies related to OA • Study published in 2010 showed that of the total output of peer-reviewed articles roughly 20% could be found Openly Accessible. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371 %2Fjournal.pone.0011273 • Bibliography of Studies on OA publishing leading to higher citation rates http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitationbiblio.html • Understanding the Serials Crisis for Libraries http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/newslettersnewsletterbu cketacademicnewswire/890009440/periodicals_price_survey_2011_under.html.csp
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