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Open Access Publishing


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A series of talks given at West Bank universities, Palestine, in December 2015.

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Open Access Publishing

  1. 1. || @ubiquitypress Open Access Publishing Brian Hole, Founder and CEO EIFL Workshops, Palestine, December 2015
  2. 2. || @ubiquitypress Some initial questions How important is publishing at your university? What challenges do you face publishing? Do you have many international collaborations? Do your students face new challenges?
  3. 3. || @ubiquitypress What is Open Access?
  4. 4. || @ubiquitypress Most simply: No barriers to access or reuse Open Access
  5. 5. || @ubiquitypress Open Access By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. Budapest Open Access Initiative OA allows users to “copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship.” Bethsida/Berlin statements ✔ ✗ ✗
  6. 6. || @ubiquitypress Publishing (Gold open access) • Publisher makes content freely available • Content has been through peer review, anti-plagiarism checks, etc. • Publisher may require an article processing charge (APC) Publishing vs. Archiving Archiving (Green open access) • Institution makes a pre-publication version of content freely available in own repository, with no charge • Content is released early and immediately
  7. 7. || @ubiquitypress Why is it important?
  8. 8. || @ubiquitypress The Social Contract of Science • Validation • Dissemination • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Data • Results • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source:
  9. 9. || @ubiquitypress Source: Washington Post, May 7 2013 / Imgur: than-half-of-humanity-lives-within-this-circle/
  10. 10. || @ubiquitypress Source: Nature News, 20 April 2011, DOI: 10.1038/472276a
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  13. 13. || @ubiquitypress What can Open Access include?
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  15. 15. || @ubiquitypress New: 3,651 books but growing
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  17. 17. || @ubiquitypress 10,807 journals
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  22. 22. || @ubiquitypress What are the costs?
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  24. 24. || @ubiquitypress Average APC overall is $9061 Wellcome Trust average APC paid in 2012: $2,365 (medical) Elsevier: average $3,000 Cell Reports: $5,000 Springer: $3,000 Hindawi: average $600 Ubiquity Press: $400 Many privately run journals have no APC at all Examples: Björk, B-C, & Solomon, D (2012). A study of open access journals using article processing charges. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(8), 1485- 1495.Doi: Article Processing Charges (APCs)
  25. 25. || @ubiquitypress Transparency and trust (APC = £300 / $400)
  26. 26. || @ubiquitypress APCs are requested following publication Ubiquity Press “If you do not have funds available to pay the APC (e.g. because your institution/funder will not cover the fee) then we may be able to offer a discount or full waiver. Please ensure that you contact the editor as early as possible should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.” APC Waivers
  27. 27. || @ubiquitypress PLOS “PLOS believes that lack of funds should not be a barrier to Open Access publication. Since its inception, PLOS has provided direct fee assistance. The Publication Fee Assistance program is intended for authors who demonstrate financial need.” “PLOS expects authors to exhaust all alternative funding sources before applying for PFA.” APC Waivers
  28. 28. || @ubiquitypress BioMed Central “BioMed Central provides an automatic waiver to authors based in any of the following countries, which were classified by the World Bank as Low-income economies or Lower-middle-income economies as of September 2015, and which have a 2014 gross domestic product of less than 200 billion US dollars (reference - World Bank 1st September 2015).” List includes “West Bank and Gaza” APC Waivers
  29. 29. || @ubiquitypress Elsevier “If an author would like their article to be published under a gold open access model, but cannot afford the APC, then individual waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need. Priority for this waiver program will be given to applications by authors from countries eligible for the Research4Life program.” List does not include Palestine APC Waivers
  30. 30. || @ubiquitypress No APC Journal does own copyediting, typesetting etc. $780-$624per year per journal $312-$156 per year per journal (developing world) Currently 300+ journals Ubiquity Press hosting Alternative models No APC All fees covered by library memberships Open Library of the Humanities
  31. 31. || @ubiquitypress For any questions, please contact
  32. 32. || @ubiquitypress Research in today’s digital environment Brian Hole, Founder and CEO EIFL Workshops, Palestine, December 2015
  33. 33. || @ubiquitypress Some initial questions Do you provide training in research data management? Do your students have opportunities to network internationally?
  34. 34. || @ubiquitypress Cover the basics of ‘Research Data Science’, core skills that researchers in all fields need Good support for student travel as well as heavily subsidized accommodation and subsistence August 2016 school, 120 places, at ICTP in Italy Applications are now open open-for-the-CODATA-RDA-School-of-Research-Data-Science CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer Schools Training
  35. 35. || @ubiquitypress OpenCon: “Empowering the next generation to advance open access, open education and open data” Next conference November 2016 Travel funding available for students  International Data Week Next conference in US, October 2016 Travel funding available, keen on regional representation  Conferences
  36. 36. || @ubiquitypress Future Earth IRDR Urban Health and Wellbeing we-do/interdisciplinary-bodies/health-and-wellbeing-in- the-changing-urban-environment/?icsudocid=objectives Opportunities for collaboration ICSU research programmes Student-led initiatives Right to Research Coalition Students promoting Open Access
  37. 37. || @ubiquitypress For any questions, please contact