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Open Access for Research: A Librarian Overview


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  • 1. Presentation Outline
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  • 3. Why do we promote Open Access (OA)? Open Access provide free, immediate, online access to the published results of scholarly research • About 25,000 peer-reviewed journals are published worldwide • Universities and research institutions afford to subscribe to a fraction of those journals • That means that research is having only a fraction of its potential usage and impact • If 100% of research articles were freely accessible through OA, then the usage, impact, productivity and progress of research would be maximised. “Scientific Dissemination using Open Access”
  • 4. UJ Subscription-based Databases Over 150 Databases in 2011; Over R 7.5 millions
  • 5. Only 12 Databases + 2 Open Access Journals collections The lack of Databases subscriptions, will restrict students access to information and consequently will lead to low research output.
  • 6. Open Access Journal Collections & Web Resources
  • 7. Open Access for Researchers • Open Access - maximises the access to research findings, - increases research impact to a wider readership, - expands shared knowledge across scientific field, - make your research output more visible to researchers elsewhere, and make research from elsewhere more accessible to them, - increases the citation impact of the author, - over time increases the journal impact factor (?)
  • 8. What else do Researchers need to know about OA? • What OA journals exist in your research field? - Open Science Directory, PubMed Central, PloS, ... • What Institutional Repository your institution use and how a researchers can benefit from it? - UJDigispace, IRSpace, OpenDOAR, ROAR • Publishing in subscription-based journals, can limit your readership • Publishing your pre-print article in OA repositories can enlarge your readership and citation impact:; UJDigispace. • Deposit your post-prints in a OA repository: UJDigispace • As a Researcher you have an option to publish in Accredited Open Access Journals (AOAJSA, cont.)
  • 9. Accredited Open Access Journals – South Africa (AOAJSA)
  • 10. Funding for publishing in OA Journals • Funding options for OA journals and researchers: - OA journals do not generate revenue - OA Publishers receive funding in exchange for advertising on their web - Some OA journals require payments from the Authors for article submission - Government can subsidise OA publishers/institutions for producing freely available information - International funding agencies (Collaboration) - Institutional/University Membership paid on behalf of the Authors
  • 11. AFRICAN & SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL COLLECTIONS 1. SABINET: African Journals Online Archives 2. SABINET: Open Access South African Journals 3. SciElo (Academy of Science of South Africa – ASSAF)
  • 12. African Journals Online Archives: Free Access to Journals with a focus in Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 13. African Journals Archive
  • 14. Open Access to Current South African Journals • The collection currently comprises 46 South African journals (12 titles are discontinued) • Multidisciplinary collection • Searched individually • 6 000 + full-text articles in PDF • 15 Accredited/Approved Journals (DoE, ISI, IBSS) • The copyright of each journal in this collection resides with the publisher of the journal. • The journals are also available on SA ePublications database
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  • 16. The Scientific Electronic Library Online Academy of Science of South Africa - ASSAf
  • 17. SOUTH AFRICAN & INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES (IR) UJDigispace : UJ IR IRSpace: South African IR Open DOAR: International IR Directory ROAR: Registry of OA Repository Driver: IR for European Research
  • 18. UJDigiSpace: University of Johannesburg Institutional Repository
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  • 20. Open DOAR
  • 21. Registry of Open Access Repository (ROAR)
  • 22. Driver for European Research
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  • 29. BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine Academic Open Access web resources
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  • 31. Golonka Resources e-Math for Africa; e-Physics for Africa; e-Chemistry for Africa e-Physics for Africa: e-Math for Africa: e-Chemistry for Africa: The main purpose is to promote the use of Open Access journals and other scientific resources, as well as being a platform for consortia building.
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  • 34. Open Access Publishers: some statistics
  • 35. Commercial Publishers with hybrid option
  • 36. LIBRARY USER EDUCATION Searching for Open Access Journals: • UJLink (Library Catalogue) • A-to-Z list • Open Science Directory • Google Scholar
  • 37. Biochemistry 1B Practical, Aug 2010: Library Training 2 Open Access journals to write a research report
  • 38. Search for Journals & Journal Articles
  • 39. Case: A-to-Z Journals How to Find Online Journals/Books Result List Type the title
  • 40. UJLink: Library Catalogue ( List of Databases Your Library Account Search for Print & Online Journals & Books
  • 41. Open Science Directory Freely available scholarly journals
  • 42. Google Scholar (Academic articles) (
  • 44. Promoting Open Access (OA) @ UJ in 2009 • March 2009: UJ Institutional Repository (IR) officially launched (UJDigispace: • August 2009: Open Access Resources Portal for Sciences • October 2009: Library initiative in promoting OA - 3 UJ Intranet circular/notifications - Brochures - Exhibition on each Campus Library - Open access T-shirts, notepads, etc. - Talk about OA & IR during open access week - A post on the UJ Sciences Librarian blog, e-mail to the Faculty of Science academics
  • 45. Initiatives and Raising Awareness of Open Access & Institutional Repository @ UJ in 2010 • UJ Open Access Mandate • Institutional Repository & Faculty initiatives (ongoing) • Library Open Access group meetings • Join into the South African Open Access community • Official UJ IR website • Library Open Access week (18-24 Oct) initiatives: - OA flyers & posters - Exhibitions, video screening & Talks on each Campus Library - Open Access Day Seminar, 19 Oct 2010 - Awareness with social tools: Facebook, Twitter, blog post
  • 46. APK display for OA Week 2010
  • 47. UJ Institutional Repository/Open Access Portal
  • 48. UJ Sciences Open Access Portal OA portal views: 392 OA blog post 2009: 44 OA blog post 2010: 5
  • 49. Open Access & Institutional Repository: Way forward for UJ • UJ Open Access Mandate • UJ Digispace and deposition of research output • Building UJ OA Community • Discuss UJ Institutional Membership to Open Access Publishers • Collaborate in creation of new UJ Open Access Journals • Join the world OA movement • Open Educational Webcasting (lectures; training) • Raising awareness of OA & IR among our peers
  • 50. Open Access Book
  • 51. Pavlinka Kovatcheva E-mail: UJ Sciences Portal: Slideshare presentations: Thank you