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Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving
                      services



• Launched in 2004

• E-publishing department of ...
Why is Utrecht University Library
engaged in electronic publishing?

Mission of a research library: to provide the best
  ...
Primary goal of Igitur: to increase access
to scientific information...




October 20, 2009
... in two ways:

• To develop the institutional repository of Utrecht
  University (the green road to OA)
  > financed ou...
How Igitur promotes Open Access?


• in discussions with the University Board and
  Deans of faculties to develop an Utrec...
Advantages Igitur has in promoting OA

•    Igitur and Open Access were fully supported by the
     management of the libr...
Difficulties Igitur encountered in
promoting OA
•    Big issue: how to finance an open access publication?
•    Open Acces...
Future plans

•    Improve the quality and visibility of the Igitur OA
     publications, making it attractive for an auth...
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Presentation by panelist Saskia Franken, Utrecht University Library (Igitur), for OASPA hosted webinar: A Q &A with five publishers working with Open Access on 20 October 2009. www.oaspa

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  1. 1. Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving services • Launched in 2004 • E-publishing department of Utrecht University Library responsible for institutional archive and supporting scholars in e-publishing • More information: www.uu.nl/igitur October 20, 2009
  2. 2. Why is Utrecht University Library engaged in electronic publishing? Mission of a research library: to provide the best possible access to scientific information 2 problems in the nineties: • Scholarly information became more expensive, so less accessible (serials crisis) • Results of scholarly research too slowly available Solution: electronic publishing and Open Access October 20, 2009
  3. 3. Primary goal of Igitur: to increase access to scientific information... October 20, 2009
  4. 4. ... in two ways: • To develop the institutional repository of Utrecht University (the green road to OA) > financed out of the library’s budget > 24.000 items • To support scholars in their e-publishing endeavors (the golden road to OA) > marginal costs must be recovered > products: e-journals (peer-reviewed, OA), e-books October 20, 2009
  5. 5. How Igitur promotes Open Access? • in discussions with the University Board and Deans of faculties to develop an Utrecht University Open Access Policy • in contacts with faculties, research institutes and individual researchers about content delivery to the repository • in contacts with researchers and editorial boards who (want to) publish with Igitur • in various national and international committees, projects, conferences etc. October 20, 2009
  6. 6. Advantages Igitur has in promoting OA • Igitur and Open Access were fully supported by the management of the library • Igitur, as a new initiative, was not held back by an existing business model • Igitur, as part of a non-commercial organisation, was not required to earn a profit • Igitur is able to benefit from the well-established reputation and network of the library • Igitur supports the golden road to OA as well as the green road: synergy! October 20, 2009
  7. 7. Difficulties Igitur encountered in promoting OA • Big issue: how to finance an open access publication? • Open Access is still a bit unfamiliar, especially with researchers (they rarely encounter problems accessing scientific information) • Authors prefer to publish in well-known journals with an impact factor • Author-pay-model: some editorial boards think author pays is a threat to the quality of their publication • Transition problems: transitioning from a subscription journal to an open access journal • Repository: quality of publications and copyright are issues October 20, 2009
  8. 8. Future plans • Improve the quality and visibility of the Igitur OA publications, making it attractive for an author to publish with Igitur • Develop sustainable business models • Further develop the Utrecht University Open Access policy and promote Open Access in the university • National/international cooperation, particularly in influencing other stakeholders (funders, governments, publishers) to adhere to Open Access October 20, 2009

Presentation by panelist Saskia Franken, Utrecht University Library (Igitur), for OASPA hosted webinar: A Q &A with five publishers working with Open Access on 20 October 2009. www.oaspa

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