Saskia Webinar Oaspa 09 10 20


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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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Saskia Webinar Oaspa 09 10 20

  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: 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