UofS Authors who Support OA Journals

In celebration of the 5th annual Open Access Week let’s recognize those UofS authors who have chosen to support open access publications!
Here is a list of UofS author, editors, and reviewers of Hindawi open access publications in the last two years:
http://www.hindawi.com/institutions/usask.ca/

And here is a list of work published with BioMed Central in the last 12 months by researchers at University of Saskatchewan:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/inst/52920
Thank you all!

Open Access strategy at the SFU Library

Removing barriers: Open Access strategy at the SFU Library
This document outlines support for Open Access publishing being undertaken by the SFU Library. In addition to describing current activities, it considers and recommends additional directions. Input was gathered from SFU librarians, and the strategy was unanimously supported by the Senate Library Committee at its meeting January 18, 2010.

SFU Open Access Fund

Beginning in February 2010, SFU is creating an OA Central Fund to encourage SFU authors to publish in OA Journals. The fund will pay the APCs [article processing charges] for SFU authors who lack other sources to cover these fees. It’s all part of the Library’s new Open Access Strategy, which includes:
• Continuing support for the Public Knowledge Project and its open source software to improve management and to decrease publishing costs,
• Further development of SFU’s Institutional Repository where authors can share research output, including reports and raw data,
• Making OA journals more accessible to SFU readers.
“With the establishment of the Open Access Fund we join a growing movement worldwide,” says Bird. Hal Weinberg, Director of SFU’s Office of Research Ethics, adds, “The new look in academia is free public access to all data collected with public money. Research data should be available to the public so that there can be expansion of knowledge related to that data.” The SFU Library maintains a public repository where researchers can put their data to fulfill new public access requirements of granting agencies.
For more information about Open Access initiatives at the SFU Library, including the OA Central Fund, contact Gwen Bird, gbird@sfu.ca. The Library’s full OA Strategy document is available on the web: tinyurl.com/yl2h4aa

University of Ottawa’s New OA Program

Breaking News from the U of Ottawa’s Media Room:
“The University of Ottawa is the first Canadian university to adopt a comprehensive open access program that supports free and unrestricted access to scholarly research.
The University’s new program includes:
• a commitment to make the University’s scholarly publications available online at no charge through the University’s repository, uO Research;
• an author fund to help researchers defray open access fees charged by publishers;
• a fund to support the creation of digital educational materials organized as courses and available to everyone online at no charge ;
• support for the University of Ottawa Press’s commitment to publishing a collection of open access books; and
• a research grant to support further research on the open access movement.”
See the full media release here.
Also see uOttawa’s Open Access information page.