Guide to Making Your Publications OA

I have done two in-person workshops on this topic in the last year and thought that a brief little guide to the main resources would be helpful.

Sooo, here it is:

Making your publications open access: Resources to assist researchers and librarians

From the introduction:

“It has now been more than a decade since the Budapest Open Access Initiative coined the term open access (OA) and united a movement to free scholarly literature from access barriers. Incredible progress has been made in this time with the launching of thousands of OA journals, open repositories, and mandates from institutions, funders, and various levels of government in countries around the world. The momentum only seems to be increasing in recent years. OA is now considered to be inevitable, with one prediction estimating that it will be the dominant model for scholarly literature in the next decade.1

This guide is intended to be a practical tool to help busy researchers, and the librarians who support them, make the transition to OA. The focus herein is on freely available online resources that will assist in making research publications OA; the closely associated, and rapidly growing, area of research data is beyond the scope of this column.”

Access the full article HERE.

I also maintain a tab on the online guide for the workshop series HERE.

Predatory OA Publishers

Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, has just released his 2012 list of Predatory Open-Access Publishers over at his Metadata blog.
From the blog entry:
“Predatory, open-access publishers are those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit.”
These are the sort of “publishers” that cause confusion and suspicion regarding the quality of reputable OA publications. They perpetuate the myth that OA = vanity publishing and/or low-quality peer-review.
Thank you to Jeffrey for naming and shaming.

Assessing Quality of OA Journals

One of the enduring myths surrounding Open Access is that OA journals are somehow of lower quality. Indeed, there is no inherent reason why a journal would have lower standards simply because it is OA – and in fact my personal experience is that sometimes OA journals have more stringent peer review processes than Toll Access journals. There are quality control mechanisms in place among Open Access publishers: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) will not include a new journal in its listings without vetting it for quality, and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) also vets potential new members. You can be sure that any OA journal or publisher included in the DOAJ and the OASPA is legit. However, if it is a new publication, not yet included in these lists, how can you assess its quality?
Heather Morrison, over at the Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics blog, has put together a thoughtful post on this topic listing a number of indicators of quality in assessing new OA journals.

Looking back on Budapest

In honour of Open Access Week I thought it might be fitting to revisit one of the milestones in establishing the Open Access Movement: the Budapest Open Access Initiative
From the first paragraph of the statement:
“An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.”
Continue reading HERE.