Open access for academics


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Presentation given at the University of Sydney, 11 October 2013. An introduction to open access publishing for academics in the humanities and social sciences.

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Open access for academics

  1. 1. Open Access for Academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences Deborah Lupton, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney @DALupton
  2. 2. What is open access? • Releasing your research or teaching resources from behind journal/book paywalls and self-archiving it • Making your data open source
  3. 3. Types of open access • Blogs, magazine or newspaper articles • Platforms such as SlideShare and YouTube • Publishing in open access journals/paying to make your article OA • Placing written material and research data in repositories
  4. 4. Why do it? • Allows anyone with an internet connection to access your research, presentations, data or teaching resources • Increases public awareness of what you do • Increases citations to your work • Many major funding bodies now require it • Attracts students to your classes and to your university • Enhances sharing of material among academic networks In short: engagement and impact!
  5. 5. Types of repositories • University e-repository • • ResearchGate • Figshare • Social Science Network • SlideShare
  6. 6. What can you archive on OA sites? • Journal articles • Book chapters • Conference papers • PowerPoint/Prezi presentations • Working papers • Research data • Audio-visual material
  7. 7. Preprints and postprints • Preprints are the author’s version of a piece of writing before it is submitted to a journal or book editor – the author has copyright of this material – can be usually self-archived without contravening any publisher’s agreement • Postprints are the author’s version of a piece of writing after it has been submitted to a journal or book editor, has gone through peer-review and has been revised – many journals and book publishers allow authors to self-archive these only after an embargo period has elapsed following publication of the material in the journal or book
  8. 8. ‘Green’ and ‘gold’ OA • Green OA means archiving your material in a repository (free of charge) • Gold OA means paying to make your material OA (paying journals to submit the article to them (author processing charges) or to publish the article in an otherwise non-OA journal (can cost $1000s)
  9. 9. What to be careful of • Check journal and book publishers’ author copyright agreements carefully • When formatting material for self-archiving, try to make it look as attractive as possible and double-check for typos and referencing errors • Include a statement detailing how the material should be cited and any statements required by the publisher’s guidelines
  10. 10. Using social media as part of OA Use your blog, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to tell the world about the material you have placed on OA
  11. 11. Further information • My blog post: ‘Opening up your research: self-archiving for sociologists’ • LSE Impact of the Social Sciences website: many useful articles about OA • The Budapest Open Access Initiative website: lots of detailed advice here