Open Access Publishing issues
Journal Publishing, Open Access publishing, Scholarly Communication and Archiving
University of Oxford
- Open Access at Oxford website now available, includes:
- Research Services' interim Open Access web page - with links to:
- Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is a growing repository of research publications (journal articles, conference papers, theses) and other research output produced by members of the University of Oxford. It is used to gather together, store, access, manage and preserve the digital items it contains. The full text of many of these items is freely available to be used in accordance with copyright and end-user permissions. Members of the University of Oxford may deposit items in Oxford University Research Archive. See also:
- RSL's Open Access page - includes Presentations from Open Access Week 2012 in Oxford
Position statements from some major Research Funders:
Publishers' Initiatives and Policies:
Some Chemistry Open Access Journals
Other UK Initiatives:
Initiatives in other countries:
- Ireland: The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) has taken moves to ensure that research papers published by its funding recipients are made available in an open access (OA) repository within six months of publication.
- France: CNRS has implemented an institutional self-archiving policy; HAL (Hyper articles en ligne): a multi-disciplinary open access archive for the deposit and dissemiation of scientific research papers
- Netherlands: €1 million Dutch open access fund to help researchers in the Netherlands set up open access journals or convert existing journals to the open access model
- Australia: A pioneering move by the Australian Government will allow open access to all of the nation's publicly funded research. The Australian Research Council (ARC) encourages researchers to deposit their articles in open repositories, and expects that researchers who do not do so explain the reasons in their final project report to the ARC - see Discovery Projects Funding Rules. The ARROW Discovery Service searches simultaneously across the contents of Australian university research repositories.
International Initiatives and Resources:
- Top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences announced by leading research organisations Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust. The three organisations aim to establish a new journal that will attract the very best research publications. A team of highly regarded, experienced and actively practising scientists will ensure fair, swift and transparent editorial decisions followed by rapid online publication. The first issue of the journal, whose name has yet to be decided, is expected to be published in the summer of 2012. See also comments on Nature newsblog and in RSC's Chemistry World.
- ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies) shows which departments, institutions and research funders worldwide have mandatory archiving policies.
- OpenDOAR - worldwide Directory of Open Access Repositories
- SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Produces a monthly Open Access Newsletter offering news and analysis of the open access movement. See also Sparc Europe Resources.
- OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) - a 'one stop shop' for all Open Access matters; aims to provide an authoritative ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it.
Background information on Open Access publishing and Scholarly Communication issues:
- Guardian: article on Wellcome Trust initiative (replies); editorial on open access (replies, incl. from RSC Chief Executive Dr Robert Parker); Guardian article by Science Minister David Willetts on Opening up access to academic research (Apr/May 12)
- Open access: impact for researchers, universities and society: briefing published by SCONUL and RLUK on the impact of open access; sets out the evidence on increased impact for researchers, greater profile for institutions and economic benefits for society (Jan 12)
- Open Access briefing paper (JISC) - describes what is meant by Open Access
- Scholarly Communication Action Handbook (JISC) - addresses concerns and provides actions that individuals can take to help make positive changes. These actions are targeted for use by key stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, research mangers, and senior managers, and can also be used by advocates to recommend actions to those they are lobbying
- OA Answers - statements which should answer some of the questions you might have about Open Access and related issues of scholarly change.
- What is Open Access? - Open Access primer for Authors
- Scholarly communication issues (SCONUL/Society of College, National and University Libraries)
- Key Open Access Concepts explained and defined
- Self-Archiving FAQ
- Making change work for you: what researchers (in their capacities as authors, editors, reviewers, teachers and society and faculty members) can do to promote open access to research
- What you can do to promote open access
- JISC report: Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models; see also Times Higher Education commentary: Analysis backs open-access path for scholarly publishing
- Open Access Directory (OAD) - a compendium of simple factual sheets about open access
- Scholarly books and journals at risk - briefing note from the Research Information Network (RIN) (Apr 09)
- Research Information Network (RIN): Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications (Apr 11)
- Paying for open access publication charges: a guide, from the Research Information Network (RIN) and Universities UK, providing advice on the fees levied by some journals for the publication of scholarly articles so that they can be made available free of charge to readers, immediately upon publication. The guide also sets out recommendations for universities, publishers, research funders, and authors. (Apr 09)
- An open access challenge for Oxford - Sir Mark Walport gave the latest lecture in the series on new developments in scholarly communications; a BODcast of the lecture is available
- UK Research Reserve - a secure solution to storing and preserving lower use print research journals. A collaborative national research collection holds print copies of important research journals, and is managed and stored through a partnership between the British Library and Higher Education. At least 3 copies of journals that fall into a 'low use' category are maintained within the UK. This strategy enables academic libraries to resolve storage challenges whilst guaranteeing long term access via British Library Document Supply services and reading rooms.
- Portico: a not-for-profit electronic archiving service which assures long-term preservation and ongoing access to electronic content. Participating publishers (incl. ACS, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and Taylor & Francis) entrust Portico to provide a permanent archive of their journal content, thus enabling libraries to migrate more quickly to electronic resources without risking future accessibility.
- CLOCKSS: a joint venture between the world’s leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community. CLOCKSS was created in response to the growing concern thatdigital content purchased by libraries may not always be available, due to discontinuation of an electronic journal or because of a catastrophic event. Participating publishers include Nature, RSC, Wiley and AIP.
- The Keepers Registry: an e-journals preservation registry service providing freely available means to discover which e-journals are being preserved by the leading archival organisations, highlighting those e-journals for which no arrangement is on record.
- JISC report: Comparative Study of e-Journal Archiving Solutions (Jan 08)
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