Friday, 25 October 2013

Has International Open Access Week stimulated your interest in open access (OA)?

International Open Access Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the benefits of Open Access (OA) and we hope it has inspired you to participate in OA activities which aim to ensure that research is made freely available to all. Enabling access to research is important not just for academia, but for society as a whole.

I have attended two OA events this week and it made me think about what resources and tools are useful when exploring the concept of OA for the first time. There are so many issues to think about - article-processing charges (APCs), green and gold, compliance, mandates, paywalls, toll-free, institutional repositories, archives, costs, copyright, open data, peer-review, impact, OA journals, data mining, text mining, OA monographs, licenses, waivers, embargo periods, OA platforms, CC-BY, sustainability, funding, etc. etc. The list is endless!

So, if you are new to OA, here are a couple of resources and tools that you may find useful and if you are a University of Sheffield author and want to make your research open access, remember that there is a dedicated Open Access team within the University Library who can provide advice and guidance on OA.

Peter Suber and Open Access
Peter Suber's 'Open Access Overview' is a really useful starting point for those new to the concept of OA. His book 'Open Access' was published by MIT Press in June 2012 and the OA version was launched in June 2013. Peter is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and this week he has written in the guardian, putting to rest six of the most common myths around open access to research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Contains records for more than 9,900 quality controlled Open Access Journals. There is the facility to browse the directory by journal, subject, country, license, and by publication charge.

A searchable database of publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies for pre-prints and post-prints.

Jisc Open Access
The Jisc Open Access website provides information on the work that Jisc do to support UK universities and publishers adopt open access policies. There is information on open access projects and a series of quick guides on OA topics.

Finally, one of my favourite blogs is Richard Poynder's 'Open and Shut?'. He writes on the evolution of the OA movement and publishes regular interviews with OA advocates.

So, our week of #OA blog posts comes to an end and I hope you have found something useful and informative to mull over. Next week it is back to all things RDM related.



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  2. Interesting view of Gold OA from Leslie Carr here: