Open access: An introduction
Addressing the rising cost of textbooks. Increasing the impact of your scholarly research. Providing access to information to underserved populations. Improving the quality of information available online.
If any of these issues touch on your professional or personal lives, consider learning more about open access.
"Open access" is the practice of providing unrestricted access to online, peer-reviewed, scholarly materials, including journal articles, books and monographs. Here is a brief introduction from one of the leaders in the field, Peter Suber:http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm.
What is the Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library doing about open access?
The Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library incorporates several different open access resources into its holdings. You can choose any research database (i.e. OmniFile or ProQuest), do a search, and see open access resources automatically included in your search results. Or you can visit any of the following databases directly via the library's Search for Articles webpage:
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- PubMed Central
- BioMed Central
- Public Library of Science
- World Bank Data Catalog
What can faculty do?
- Assign open access materials in your courses. Your librarians have compiled a list of websites where you can find open access materials - see page 7 of this PDF document.
- Participate in the peer review of open access journals
- Advocate that open access publications be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluations
- Work towards an open access policy at Marygrove College
- Publish an open access article or book
- Negotiate to retain your copyright with publishers that aren’t open access
- Read! (see the Resources section below)
Resources beyond the Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library:
- Brief introduction to open access from one of the leaders in the field, Peter Suber: http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm
- Association of Research Libraries/SPARC open access newsletter and forum: http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/soan/
- 2010 Horizon Report from EDUCAUSE and NMC: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/CSD5810.pdf
- Open and Shut? A blog written by Richard Poynder, who observes and reports on the evolution of the open access movement:http://poynder.blogspot.com/
- International Open Access Week: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
- 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing (from EDUCAUSE):http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutOpenT/225383
- The Registry of Open Access Repositories: http://roar.eprints.org/
- UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/open-educational-resources/
- Alliance for Taxpayer Access: http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/index.shtml
- Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
- Publisher copyright policies and self-archiving: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/
Open access in the news: Curated by your librarians and pulled from the Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library blog: