Open Access Presentation to Faculty

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  • 1. Speaking of Open Access Beth Schuck, Cline Library (April 2011)
  • 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. Open Access Publishing • Why now? • Why is it important? • Why is it challenging?
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Discussion • Questions?
  • 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. 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