Friday, October 26, 2012

Open Access Explained

image of Open Access Explained on Youtube
What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.

Animation by Jorge Cham
Narration by Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen
Transcription by Noel Dilworth
Produced in partnership with the Right to Research Coalition, the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

>>> Duration = ~ 8:30 Minutes <<<

- kjb

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guide to Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies

From Peter Suber:

In anticipation of worldwide Open Access Week, the Harvard Open Access Project is pleased to release version 1.0 of a guide to good practices for university open-access policies.

Gathering together recommendations on drafting, adopting, and implementing OA policies, the guide is based on policies adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and a couple of dozen other institutions around the world. But it's not limited to policies of this type and includes recommendations that should be useful to institutions taking other approaches.
The guide is designed to evolve. As co-authors, we plan to revise and enlarge it over time, building on our own experience and the experience of colleagues elsewhere. We welcome suggestions.

The guide deliberately refers to "good practices" rather than "best practices". On many points, there are multiple, divergent good practices. Good practices are easier to identify than best practices. And there can be wider agreement on which practices are good than on which practices are best.

The current version of the guide has the benefit of the advice of expert colleagues, and the endorsement of projects and organizations devoted to the spread of effective university OA policies. It has been written in consultation with Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Ada Emmett, Heather Joseph, Iryna Kuchma, and Alma Swan, and has already been endorsed by the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS), Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP), Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and SPARC Europe.

Over time we hope to name more consulting experts and endorsing organizations. Please contact us if you or your organization may be interested. We do not assume that consulting experts or endorsing organizations support every recommendation in the guide.

The guide should be useful to institutions considering an OA policy, and to faculty and librarians who would like their institution to start considering one. We hope that institutions with working policies will share their experience and recommendations, and that organizers of Open Access Week events will link to the guide and bring it to the attention of their participants.

Good practices for university open-access policies

Stuart Shieber
Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University

Peter Suber
Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and Fellow at the Berkman

Center for Internet & Society

Harvard Open Access Project

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In anticipation of Open Access Week 2012, Open Humanities Press is
delighted to announce the release of 2 new open access books,
published in partnership with MPublishing, at the University of
Michigan Library:

New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies by Rick Dolphijn and Iris
van der Tuin, includes interviews with Rosi Braidotti, Manuel DeLanda,
Karen Barad, and Quentin Meillassoux

Terror, Theory and the Humanities, ed. Jeffrey De Lio and Uppinder
Mehan, contains essays by Christian Moraru, Terry Caesar, David B.
Downing, Horace L. Fairlamb, Emory Elliott, Elaine Martin, Robin Truth
Goodman, Sophia A. McClennen, William V. Spanos, Zahi Zalloua.

Like all the OHP books, these are freely available for reading online
and downloading as PDF (as well as for purchase through Amazon).

Happy OA Week!

- kjb

Monday, October 15, 2012

Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to

The Australian OA journal/newspaper The Conversation, "an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector"  is an excellent resource for articles and commentary on diverse aspects of Open Access. Terry Sunderland wrote a much retweeted article on October 4th in the Australian OA journal/newspaper The Conversation, "an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector. The title was "Open Access will Change the World, If Scientists Want It To." He writes:

"While the Australian Research Council considers its policy on open-access publication and others within the scientific community call for the increased sharing of scientific data, the British are already … "

eLife, the new open-access journal for outstanding scientific advancements, has published its first four research articles.

eLife, the new open-access journal for outstanding scientific advancements, has published its first four research articles.

First announced in summer 2011, eLife is a researcher-led initiative for the best in science and science communication. Backed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, the initiative’s first aim is to launch an open-access journal for outstanding advances in life science and biomedicine, which is also a platform for experimentation and showcasing innovation in research communication.

The eLife journal Web site is set for launch by the end of 2012, but the first collection of articles was released today – listed at the eLife Web site with the full content available at the online archive of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed Central (PMC), and its mirror sites including UKPMC.

According to Randy Schekman, the journal’s Editor-in-chief, “We see no reason to delay the availability of these discoveries. Our editors have identified them as important, inspiring contributions of the high caliber expected for eLife. So, while the launch of our own journal Web site isn’t expected until December, we will best serve our authors, and science, by just getting them out there.”

To read the full announcement, visit

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Are you interested in the current scientific publishing revolution?

PeerJ is an Open Access publisher of scholarly articles.  The folks at PeerJ have two publications serving the Biological and Medical sciences: "PeerJ" (a peer-reviewed academic journal) and "PeerJ PrePrints" (an innovative ‘preprint server’). Authors pay for a lifetime membership, which gives them the ability to publish their articles with us for free.  Lifetime plans start at just $99.

Go check out this new experiment.