*OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions).
View Why You Should Care About Open Access presentation
Download SPARC Open Access Fact Sheet
Read more. about OA development
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.
*Read 2012 Peridocial Price Survey
Open Access News blog - Peter Suber
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.
View CC descriptive video "Get Creative" about the concept of "creative commons."
- Guide for federal agency requirements - Virginia Commonwealth U. Library guide
- Printable Guide per agency - Virginia Commonwealth U. Library guide
- Interagency list of plans - Goverment page
- NIH - How to comply webpage
- ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies
- BioMed Central funder open access and mandate policies tool
- UNESCO Global Open Access Portal - Funder Deposit Mandates
Some quick steps
What is their profit model? Are they funded completely by article processing fees (APFs)? if so do they state upfront what those APF's are?
Investigate the journal's editor and board.
Did they solicit your article or chapter?
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.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
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.
JURN - 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.
*Many publishers now how catalogs of open access journals. This content is index in the same database as traditional journals.
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