Open Access Week 2018
What is Open Access?
'Open Access' to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole." The are many ways in which you can practice open access, from open lab notebooks to creating open textbooks. Consult these resources for additional explanations of open access:
Why does Open Access matter to me?
The Right to Reseach Coalition lists many ways in which open access impacts faculty and students:
For faculty and researchers:
- better visibility and higher impact for your scholarship
- knowledge sharing
- new research partners can be identified
- If your professors can’t read it, they can’t teach it
- It removes the barriers of high journal subscription costs, which puts smaller institutions at a greater disadvantage
Open Access at UPEI
Open Access Publishing
- Greater Reach for Your Research: Resources for Authors - this list of resources, compiled by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, includes the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum, Greater Reach for Your Research: Expanding Readership Through Digital Repositories and Create Change Canada.
- Predatory Publishing
- Citations Impacts of open access
- OpCit Project - A wealth of information about the impacts of Open Access, including an up-to-date list and summary of research articles on the effect of open access and downloads on citation impact and related topics.
- Funding Agency Policies
Open data is defined as "structured data that is machine-readable, freely shared, used and built on without restrictions" (Government of Canada, 2018). More information about open data can be found at:
Open science is the idea of increased transparency of research, research methods, data, and publications.
Making Open Science a Reality (pdf) - OECD 2015
News About Open Access
- Lewis, C. (2018). The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and What Does It Mean for Libraries? Information Technology & Libraries, 37(3), 50–65. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v37i3.10604
- Li, Y., Wu, C., Yan, E., & Li, K. (2018). Will open access increase journal CiteScores? An empirical investigation over multiple disciplines. PLoS ONE, 13(8), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201885
- Kramer, D. (2018). Open access at a crossroads. Physics Today, https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.6.2.20181011a
- Else, H. (2018). Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions. Nature, 561(7721), 17–18. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-06178-7
- Open Access Tracking Project (OATP): Remixed Feed
- Responses to Elsevier's regressive article-sharing policy
Selected Resources on Open Access
- Grasping What Is Already Within Immediate Reach: Universal Open Access Mandates by Stevan Harnad, ACCESS 2009 Conference Presentation, Charlottetown PEI.
- Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook - OASIS is a "sourcebook" on OA for researchers, librarians, publishers, administrators, students, and the public. Resources include Briefing Papers, Guides and Overviews, Videos, and Presentations.
- Digital Scholarship Toolbox - CAUL/CBUA Scholarly Communications Committee