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Open Access Guide for Faculty

Open Access (OA)
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” (Peter Suber) 
*OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions).

OA Requirements:
ROAR  Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies

Open Access video from SPARC
The problem
Faculty researchers and authors are paid by the university to create the scholarship and research that they give away FOR FREE to scholarly publishers.

University libraries are then forced to pay exorbitant prices to purchase access to the intellectual property that their own faculty created. **This purchased access is often times not permanent or consistent.

The cost of scholarly publications is (and has been) rising at rates that are several times higher than inflation.

Significant price increases in journals every year decrease the purchasing power of libraries overall which negatively impact the overall (very limited) acquisition budget.

Data from the Association for Research Libraries show that from 1986 to 2005:
  • The average cost of serials rose 167%.
  • The average cost of a monograph rose 81%.
  • The consumer price index for this time period rose 78%.
  • Bottom line: prices are going up, and libraries can't keep up.

ljx120501webPeriodTbl3 Coping with the Terrible Twins | Periodicals Price Survey 2012
*Read 2012 Peridocial Price Survey
OA Bibliography
OA Overview:
Suber, P. (2010). Open Access Overview: Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their preprints.

Suber, P. (2012). Open Access. The MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts. Available online as ebook.

Willinsky, J. (2006). The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship  The MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts. Available online as ebook.

Citation Count Research:

Enabling Open Scholarship blog
- Advantages and benefits of open access

Hitchcock, S. (2011) The effect of open access and downloads ('hits') on citation impact: a bibliography of studies. The Open Citation Project - Reference Linking and Citation Analysis for Open Archives.

Swan, A. (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date. Technical Report , School of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton.
Open Access news and publisher information
Overivew of Open Access by Peter Suber author of  SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Open Access News blog
- Peter Suber

Scholarly Open Access - Jeffrey Beall - Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013

Open Access publishers - OASPA member list

Guide for evaluating OA journals (Ryerson Libraries)

Think-Check-Submit checklist (Coalitionof OA organizations)

Selection of OA research databases:
arXiv - Open access to 876,925 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics (Cornell University)

DOAJ - Open Access Journals - This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals with the aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 5718 journals in the directory.

Free Medical Journals - Unrestricted full-text access to medical journals

INASP - International Network for the Ability of Scientific Publications, site allows for cross-searching of collections of Institutional Repositories.

- A curated academic search-engine, indexing 3,670 free open access ejournals in the arts & humanities.

PLoS- Public library of science - a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

Social Science Research Network (SRRN)  - consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 508,000 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 415,100 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.

Copyright license alternatives
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization working to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

View CC descriptive video "Get Creative" about the concept of "creative commons."
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Julia Rodriguez
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