Advancing the Impact of Research: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII)


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Advancing the Impact of Research: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII)

  1. 1. Advancing the Impact of Research: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) Margaret Phillips, Jeffery Loo, Beth Weil University of California, Berkeley LibraryMotivation Financial support for open access publishing“If Berkeley faculty are to take In January 2008, the UC Berkeley Library created theadvantage of new and less expensive Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII), a centralmeans of publication, the campus can fund to pay for authors’ open access by providing departments andindividuals with start up funds … For BRII provides UC Berkeley authors with funds to helpexample, campus seed funds could be cover open access publishing fees that are notestablished to support a range of supported by grants or contracts. $3000faculty actions including the creation ofnew, open-access journals; publication Goalsin open-access journals ...” • Increase the impact of UCB • Encourage experimentation per OA journal article UC Berkeley Faculty Conference research with publishing on Scholarly Publishing 2005 • Enable more publishing • Enhance the Library’s role in $1500 Executive Summary choices for authors scholarly communications As of November 2011, there are 14 campus-based per hybrid journal article open access funds in North America. (e.g., many society journals)Specifications ResultsEligibility UC Berkeley faculty, post-doc, or graduate Since 2008, BRII has approved/funded more articles students. Supports grant-funded research projects than any other campus-based OA fund in the United States. if publication funding is not available. (SPARC OA Funds in Action, 2011)Criteria No embargo periodsPublications Full OA or hybrid journals 133 articles approved 28 unique departmentsLimits Funding ceiling per research group, per year 97 unique submitting authors 25 unique publishers More OA journals approved/funded Many disciplines seek BRII fundingGetting the word out than hybrid journals (ranked by article count) Blogs Journal articles Life Sciences 33 Flyers Targeted emails Hybrid Natural Resources 32 Website OA Week promotions journals Public Health 17 Postcards 44 articles Chemistry 13 33% Other 11 OA journals 89 articles Engineering 10 67% Physics 8 Social Sciences 6 Public Policy 3 Lessons learned Campus-based OA funds can be sustainable. BRII provides funding for only a small Money is an effective tool for percentage of Berkeley-authored OA engaging faculty and students in articles. Most authors use extramural conversations about open access funding to pay OA fees. and scholarly communication. In PLoS and BMC journals published from 2008 to 2010, there were 186 articles Less than 1% of our serials budget where the OA fee was paid by a Berkeley can make a big difference. author; only 22 of these articles (12%) were funded by BRII. Margaret Phillips | Jeffery Loo | Beth Weil Special thanks to Charles Eckman, Simon Fraser University LibraryBerlin 9 Open Access Conference November 2011