Open Access:  Introduction            Gwen Franck      Ghent University LibraryOpenAIRE project | Open Access Belgium
info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be                                       2          @openaccess_be
• Research              articles                                                      datasets• Free for the end user• Dig...
info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be                                       4          @openaccess_be
Why should I care?info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be                                       5          @openaccess_be
• Increase visibility• Research available as soon as possible• Alternatives for the traditional scientific  publishing cyc...
• Tax payers’ money should be made  available (no ‘triple pay’)• Research funders mandates• Support worldwide access to re...
How• Archive an open access version of your work in  a repository  OR• Publish directly in an open access/hybrid  journal ...
Open Access publishing• Submit your work to OA Journals• ‘Born OA’ or converted journals• With or without Article Processi...
OA publishing in quality journals                      ≠ (high) articleprocessing charges/author fees (by the way: a lot o...
‘Hybrid’ OA• After paying a fee/charge individual article  becomes immediately OA• End result =  – Good because article be...
• Quality and Reputation : discipline-specific …                                         Some scientific domains contain m...
Self-archiving• Deposit/Archive research in a repository  – Institutional  – Subject/discipline specific• Better than pers...
Self-archiving• Advantage:  – Publish in any journal you want! (also the non-OA    ones)  – A majority of publishers (>75%...
Self-archiving• Immediately or after embargo period  (discipline-specific)• ‘Free’• Main focus of mandates               i...
What OA is not/should not be• Extra burden for researchers• Be a hindrance for your career• Taking big chunks out of your ...
It’s not over …• Mainstreaming  – OA is becoming big business (> 20 % of all research    articles)  – More attention/ the ...
It’s not over …• Experimenting  – New types of journals (PeerJ, …)  – Financing methods  – Altmetrics• Text and data minin...
info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be                                       19          @openaccess_be
What do you think?• Are you making your research OA already?  Why (not)?• What can be done on university/government  level...
•   www.openaccess.be•   info@openaccess.be/•   gwen.franck@ugent.be•   www.openaire.eu•   Twitter @openaccess_be•   Faceb...
References•   2: Open Access cartoon by Patrick Hochstenbach (@hochstenbach)•   4: ‘Open Access Explained!’ PHD Comics by ...
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20130418 open access

  1. 1. Open Access: Introduction Gwen Franck Ghent University LibraryOpenAIRE project | Open Access Belgium
  2. 2. info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 2 @openaccess_be
  3. 3. • Research articles datasets• Free for the end user• Digital OA journals OA repository info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 3 @openaccess_be
  4. 4. info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 4 @openaccess_be
  5. 5. Why should I care?info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 5 @openaccess_be
  6. 6. • Increase visibility• Research available as soon as possible• Alternatives for the traditional scientific publishing cycle info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 6 @openaccess_be
  7. 7. • Tax payers’ money should be made available (no ‘triple pay’)• Research funders mandates• Support worldwide access to research, not only in ‘rich’ countries info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 7 @openaccess_be
  8. 8. How• Archive an open access version of your work in a repository OR• Publish directly in an open access/hybrid journal info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 8 @openaccess_be
  9. 9. Open Access publishing• Submit your work to OA Journals• ‘Born OA’ or converted journals• With or without Article Processing Charges/ Author Fees• Level of openness = no indication of quality!• Directory of OA Journals: www.doaj.org – ALL quality OA journals are in DOAJ. info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 9 @openaccess_be
  10. 10. OA publishing in quality journals ≠ (high) articleprocessing charges/author fees (by the way: a lot of Open Access journals have a discount or even waiver policy for author fees. So, if you can’t afford it, these are often negotiable! ) info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 10 @openaccess_be
  11. 11. ‘Hybrid’ OA• After paying a fee/charge individual article becomes immediately OA• End result = – Good because article becomes open but … – Bad because expensive subscriptions for the whole journal remain necessary• Fastest growing component of OA publishing info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 11 @openaccess_be
  12. 12. • Quality and Reputation : discipline-specific … Some scientific domains contain more quality OA journals than others These are journals in political sciences …• DOAJ political sciences – http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpId=4 7&uiLanguage=en info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 12 @openaccess_be
  13. 13. Self-archiving• Deposit/Archive research in a repository – Institutional – Subject/discipline specific• Better than personal, departmental or project website! info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 13 @openaccess_be
  14. 14. Self-archiving• Advantage: – Publish in any journal you want! (also the non-OA ones) – A majority of publishers (>75%) allow you to make (a version) of your work OA through self-archiving – Check publisher’s policies on http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ – If not allowed: negotiate! info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 14 @openaccess_be
  15. 15. Self-archiving• Immediately or after embargo period (discipline-specific)• ‘Free’• Main focus of mandates info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 15 @openaccess_be
  16. 16. What OA is not/should not be• Extra burden for researchers• Be a hindrance for your career• Taking big chunks out of your research budget• Limiting your choice of journals/prohibiting you from publishing in the journal you want• Going against the law/publisher’s policies info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 16 @openaccess_be
  17. 17. It’s not over …• Mainstreaming – OA is becoming big business (> 20 % of all research articles) – More attention/ the stakes are raised! – More discussion and debate. Internal differences become outspoken – From vibrant online only community to mainstream press – More risk of scams: author fees are tempting for frauds info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 17 @openaccess_be
  18. 18. It’s not over …• Experimenting – New types of journals (PeerJ, …) – Financing methods – Altmetrics• Text and data mining• Licensing and copyright issues• Open Access to research data? info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 18 @openaccess_be
  19. 19. info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 19 @openaccess_be
  20. 20. What do you think?• Are you making your research OA already? Why (not)?• What can be done on university/government level as an incentive?• Would you consider taking part of OA initiatives such as new journals, training sessions, …• How about your research data?• … info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 20 @openaccess_be
  21. 21. • www.openaccess.be• info@openaccess.be/• gwen.franck@ugent.be• www.openaire.eu• Twitter @openaccess_be• Facebook ‘Open Access Belgium’•  0032 9 264 94 72 info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 21 @openaccess_be
  22. 22. References• 2: Open Access cartoon by Patrick Hochstenbach (@hochstenbach)• 4: ‘Open Access Explained!’ PHD Comics by Jorge Cham, Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen• 6: – Swan Alma, The Open Access citation advantage http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/268516/2/Citation_advantage_paper.pdf – ‘Journal board resigns’ http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/journals-editorial- board-resigns-in-protest-of-publishers-policy-toward-authors/43149• 7: http://www.openoasis.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=78:articles& id=28:developing-countries&Itemid=253• 9 & 11: ‘APC graphic. Corbyn, Zoe. Price doesnt always buy prestige in open access, Nature 22.01.2013 doi:10.1038/nature.2013.12259• 16: ‘Nature vs. Science vs. Open Access’ PHD Comics by Jorge Cham info@openaccess.be www.openaccess.be 22 @openaccess_be

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