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Open Access Week: Open Access Resources

As the 9th International Open Access Week comes to a close, we wanted to leave you with a detailed list of Open Access resources both on campus and beyond.

OSU Open Access Resources

The Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Bank is OSU’s Institutional Repository. The Knowledge Bank is an Open Access repository that is available for OSU faculty, staff, and students to deposit their research and scholarship. Members of OSU’s community can deposit content such as: articles, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, posters, and, in some cases, supplemental data. The benefits of depositing your research and scholarship in the Knowledge Bank include: worldwide access, increased visibility, a permanent and stable URL, long-term preservation of content, and having your content indexed in major search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Bing. To learn more:

The Libraries’ Publishing Program

The Libraries Publishing Program works with faculty, students, and academic units at OSU to publish open access scholarly work in a variety of formats. They exist to fill a need in the OSU community for free or low-cost publication development and hosting, and serve as an alternative to working with a commercial publisher. These publishing services are free to members of the OSU community. As their mission is to provide open access to scholarship, all of the content published must be made freely available online, either immediately or after an embargo period. To learn more:

Copyright Resources Center

The Copyright Resources Center at OSU Libraries supports faculty, staff, and students by providing education and guidance on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, research, and scholarship. The Copyright Resources Center can help you understand the rights in your author agreement so that you know how you can share your work and how to use Creative Commons licenses to make your work more open. To learn more:

Other Resources

Open Access Week Website

The Open Access Week website is dedicated to promoting Open Access Week every year and connecting individuals who are passionate about Open Access. The website highlights the different ways that individuals are promoting Open Access across the world, runs an informative blog, and provides access to Open Access promotional resources.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

SPARC works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials. Their motivations are to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on the investments in research and education. SPARC focuses on collaborative partnerships to promote Open Access as the default for research and education.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to peer-reviewed Open Access journals. DOAJ is a great starting point for searches for quality, peer-reviewed open access material. Journals that are indexed by the DOAJ must fill out an application and meet certain criteria related to transparency of journal processes and policies as well as technical best practices and infrastructure.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

OASPA’s mission is to represent the interests of Open Access journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. Their mission is carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, and promoting Open Access publishers that adhere to best practices in scholarly publishing. OASPA is a great resource when looking for reputable Open Access publishers.

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory is a collection of lists and resources about Open Access maintained by the broader Open Access community. The Open Access Directory is a great starting point for anyone who wants to really learn more about Open Access and look into additional resources.

Open Access Overview

This overview of Open Access by Peter Suber is a well-known resource that goes into more detail than our blog post on Tuesday, while still being easy to read. Additionally, this blog post is organized in a way that lets the reader skip around to the sections they might find most relevant to their own Open Access interests.

Open Access Week: Understanding Creative Commons Licenses

One of the many facets of Open Access is open licensing. As mentioned in yesterday’s post covering the basics of open access, the most broad interpretation of Open Access includes content that is free of use restrictions. One of the most common ways for content creators to open up their work is to apply a Creative Commons license that supports the use, sharing, re-purposing, and remixing of the work.

This blog post written by the Copyright Resources Center gives a great overview of Creative Commons licenses and what you need to know as both a creator and a user.

Finally, if you want to learn more about Creative Commons and how this relates to Open Educational Resources there is a workshop being offered this morning in Thompson Library, Room 165 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. You can RSVP by filling out the form at: go.osu.edu/oa-creativecommons.

Open Access Week: Open Access Basics

This is the second post in a series that celebrates International Open Access Week 2016 and covers some Open Access basics. This blog post will review some of the basic principles behind Open Access, the benefits of making your work Open Access and how to do so, and finally will cover some common myths or misconceptions about Open Access. The end of this blog lists some fantastic resources for those of you who want to delve even further into these exciting topics. Additionally, there is a great workshop today from 11:00am to 12:30pm in the Research Commons titled “Open Access: Know Your Rights, Share Your Research” if you would like some more information.

Definitions

Open Access is a movement that supports free and immediate access to research and means that content is online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. This definition is adapted from the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

The Open Access movement has been around for over a decade and there are several different ways that people have defined the idea of openness for scholarly content. Some terms that you might come across in definitions are gratis or libre and green or gold. Each of these terms defines a different aspect of Open Access, so let’s take a minute to dissect them.

First let’s start with gratis and libre as different definitions of what Open Access means.

  • Gratis: the content is open and free to read without any financial restrictions, which means the content is not behind a paywall, and is available to anyone in the world who has access to an internet connection.
  • Libre: the content is not only open and free to read but it is also openly licensed, which gives others the ability to use and reuse the content in specified ways and to build upon the work. This is most commonly achieved with the application of Creative Commons licenses. Look for another post on Wednesday to learn more about Creative Commons.

Now that you know the different broad definitions of Open Access we can move on to the terms green and gold which refer to different methods of making your work Open Access.

  • Green: depositing scholarship in an open access archive or repository, often used with content that was originally published behind a paywall. Repositories can be organized by discipline such as arXiv for physics or by institution such as OSU’s Institutional Repository the Knowledge Bank.
  • Gold: publishing scholarship in an open access publication is exactly like publishing in a traditional subscription-based publication, with the only difference being that the content is freely available from the date of publication.

Benefits

So now that you know a bit more about the different styles and vehicles of delivering open access content you might be wondering why you would want to make your work Open Access. I am going to break this down into three separate categories of benefits: 1) benefit to you as the creator of the content, 2) benefit to others, and 3) benefits to scholarship.

Benefits to you as the creator
If your work is openly accessible you may realize some of the following benefits:

  • More readers
  • More collaborators
  • More citations

Benefits to the broader community

  • Access to latest research for colleagues and interested public
  • Removes barriers to researchers at institutions that can’t afford subscriptions
  • Removes barriers to researchers in other countries

Benefits to scholarship

  • Research advances when it is shared, discussed, replicated, and built upon. Openly accessible – and especially openly licensed (libre) content – can be used in a variety of ways by researchers, including text mining and other forms of computational analysis.

OA Myths and Misconceptions

Misconception 1: All open access journals charge fees

Clarification 1: While author charges vary widely by discipline, approximately 65-70% of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals do not charge fees. Look for the blog post on Thursday that will expand on this common misconception and some great ways to find OA journals you might be interested in submitting your work to.

Misconception 2: Open access content is not peer reviewed

Clarification 2: This common misconception arises from the confusion surrounding the difference between green and gold open access.

Gold Open Access journals are produced in the same ways as their subscription-access counterparts. As with subscription journals, the quality of the journal and the rigor of the peer review process varies from journal to journal, so you always want to look carefully at any publication you are considering submitting to. Look for Thursday’s post for some resources for finding and evaluating gold Open Access journals.

For green Open Access content there are three major stages of a manuscript that an author may be allowed to make openly available, depending on what their publisher allows. These major stages are:

  • the submitted manuscript prior to peer review
  • the final accepted manuscript that has been peer reviewed
  • the publisher’s final PDF

Therefore, some green Open Access content, such as preprints shared through arXiv, has not yet been through peer review, so make sure to be aware of what version of an article you are looking at.

Resources

So I hope that this blog post has sparked your interest in Open Access and how to make the most of it as a researcher and as a consumer of knowledge. There are so many great resources out there and I have listed some below:

Celebrate Open Access Week 2016 with the University Libraries!

Open Access Week logo 2016Open Access Week 2016 by SPARC is licensed under CC-BY 4.0 (cropped).

Today is officially the first day of the 9th International Open Access Week! This year’s theme is “Open in Action” and will highlight ideas for taking action to open research and scholarship. Open Access Week is a yearly global event to spread awareness of Open Access, a movement that supports free and immediate access to research. The Open Access movement seeks to maximize the impact and accessibility of published research through the removal of financial and use restrictions placed on research.

To celebrate Open Access Week, we’ll be featuring a new post each day about Open Access from our partners in the Copyright Resources Center and Publishing and Repository Services. Each post will be on a particular topic to give the OSU scholarly community some information about the Open Access movement and highlight important resources on campus and beyond.

For the first post I’d like to take a moment to thank our partners inside the University Libraries and elsewhere across campus for sharing their Open Access expertise this week through these blog posts and through three upcoming events. I also want to reiterate an invitation for anyone interested in learning more about Open Access to attend these great programs. Join us at the Research Commons and Thompson Library to celebrate Open Access Week!

Open Access: Know Your Rights, Share Your Research

This workshop will cover the basics of copyright and open access, including understanding your rights as an author, sharing your research to a broader audience, and publishing in open access journals. Presented in conjunction with International Open Access Week, this workshop will feature speakers from the University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center and Publishing and Repository Services department. Light refreshments will be provided, and our presenters will be available afterward for consultations.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of the 18th Avenue Library
Register: go.osu.edu/oa-workshop

Open Access Week: Creative Commons

Please join the University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center for a workshop on Creative Commons (CC). The session will introduce CC and explore how CC licenses benefit creators and users of licensed material. These licenses contribute to affordability and the development and use of Open Educational Resources, a particularly relevant topic for us in light of the university-wide focus on affordable learning. Bring your questions!

When: Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Where: Thompson Library, Room 165
RSVP: go.osu.edu/oa-creativecommons

Open Data: A Panel Discussion

Curious about Open Data? Want to know more about where to find Open Data to use in your own research, or how to make your data open to comply with funding agency mandates? Have your top concerns and questions addressed by a group of campus experts – all who are interested in Open Data are welcome!

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/dataanalyticsmonth.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Register: go.osu.edu/opendata-panel

Open Access Week 2016

Open Access Week logo 2016Open Access Week 2016 by SPARC is licensed under CC-BY 4.0 (cropped).

Next week, October 24-30, 2016, we celebrate the 9th International Open Access Week. This year’s theme is “Open in Action” and will highlight ideas for taking action to open research and scholarship.

Open Access Week is a yearly global event to spread awareness of Open Access, a movement that supports free and immediate access to research. The Open Access movement seeks to maximize the impact and accessibility of published research through the removal of financial and use restrictions placed on research. Interested in learning more about Open Access? Peter Suber’s “Open Access Overview” provides a great summary of the Open Access movement and the different forms and vehicles through which Open Access research may be shared.

Join us at the Research Commons and Thompson Library to celebrate Open Access by attending an OA workshop offered by The Ohio State University Libraries next week:

Open Access: Know Your Rights, Share Your Research

This workshop will cover the basics of copyright and open access, including understanding your rights as an author, sharing your research to a broader audience, and publishing in open access journals. Presented in conjunction with International Open Access Week, this workshop will feature speakers from the University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center and Publishing and Repository Services department. Light refreshments will be provided, and our presenters will be available afterward for consultations.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of the 18th Avenue Library
Register: go.osu.edu/oa-workshop

Open Access Week: Creative Commons

Please join the University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center for a workshop on Creative Commons (CC). The session will introduce CC and explore how CC licenses benefit creators and users of licensed material. These licenses contribute to affordability and the development and use of Open Educational Resources, a particularly relevant topic for us in light of the university-wide focus on affordable learning. Bring your questions!

When: Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Where: Thompson Library, Room 165
RSVP: go.osu.edu/oa-creativecommons

Open Data: A Panel Discussion

Curious about Open Data? Want to know more about where to find Open Data to use in your own research, or how to make your data open to comply with funding agency mandates? Have your top concerns and questions addressed by a group of campus experts – all who are interested in Open Data are welcome!

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/dataanalyticsmonth.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Register: go.osu.edu/opendata-panel