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Open Access
Myth Busters
Abridged from the the Texas Digital Library:
MYTHBUSTERS
Debunking misconceptions, half truths,...
Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
What make...
Myth #1: Access is not a problem
Not all libraries have the same amount of resources (and
therefore the same access).
Not ...
Myth #2
Open Access articles are not peer reviewed
Cann, AJ. (2008) Peer Review. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/673592...
Myth #3 You lose copyright
As an author and copyright
holder, if you wish to clearly
instruct readers about what
you autho...
Myth #4
Publishing Theses & Dissertations OA makes
it impossible to publish later
“…Theses are not considered prior public...
Myth #5
OA threatens academic freedom
Nearly all publishers allow authors to publish pre-prints to OA repositories
and off...
Open access: six myths to put to rest
Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings
repeated by people w...
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  1. 1. 1 Open Access Myth Busters Abridged from the the Texas Digital Library: MYTHBUSTERS Debunking misconceptions, half truths, and outright lies about OA Scholarly Publishing. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International-LIcense.
  2. 2. Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. -Peter Suber. “ A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access.” 2004 http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm
  3. 3. Myth #1: Access is not a problem Not all libraries have the same amount of resources (and therefore the same access). Not everybody who needs access is affiliated with a university. The explosion of information in the digital age, coupled with the rising costs of this information, make it impossible for libraries to purchase ALL of it for their faculty and students.
  4. 4. Myth #2 Open Access articles are not peer reviewed Cann, AJ. (2008) Peer Review. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/6735929719/ CC BY-SA 2.0 Predatory’ open access journals do exist but quality OA journals do have peer review Reputable open access journals go through the same peer review process that articles published in traditional journals do. Many belong to the OA Scholarly Publishers Association or adhere to its code of conduct. OA articles archived in repositories are also, most often peer-reviewed.
  5. 5. Myth #3 You lose copyright As an author and copyright holder, if you wish to clearly instruct readers about what you authorize them to do with your content, you can attach a creative commons license. The same options exist when publishing through an open access channel as when an article is published through a traditional subscription model: the author may in some cases be able to retain copyright, or may be required to grant the journal publisher copyright. But in either case, the article is still copyrighted, either by you or the publisher. As an author and copyright holder, if you wish to clearly instruct readers about what you authorize them to do with your content, you can attach a creative commons license.
  6. 6. Myth #4 Publishing Theses & Dissertations OA makes it impossible to publish later “…Theses are not considered prior publications by [a majority of] journal editors or university press directors in the social sciences, arts, or humanities…” “…Publishers recognize that a book or journal article must be adapted to a new audience and conform to peer review, so the final work will be different in many ways from the original...“ According to the Registry of Open Access Repositories, 117 Institutions worldwide have an OA mandate for theses.
  7. 7. Myth #5 OA threatens academic freedom Nearly all publishers allow authors to publish pre-prints to OA repositories and offer the Gold OA option for immediate access subject to an fee. Most institutions will have budgets allocated to allow academics to publish for the Gold route.
  8. 8. Open access: six myths to put to rest Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber. Guardian Higher Education Network Blog. October 2013 Peter Suber is the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and author of Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) Twitter @petersuber http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/oct/21/open-access-myths-peter-suber-harvard 8 Find out more Contact the Library:openaccess@london.edu

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