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Scholarly Communication: Open Access

Why is there a paywall? A new documentary explores the "business of scholarship"

The London School of Economics and Political Science blog has posted the link to a documentary by Jason Schmitt exploring the underlying values of open access and questioning the huge profit margins of academic publishers. Licensed as Creative Commons CC BY 4.0, this film is free to stream and download.  

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (1:04:48) (Vimeo)

Paywalled? Get an Open Access version!

With so many published papers now freely available through repositories and preprint servers, it's only natural that a new service has emerged: the free version detector. With one click, search the world for free versions of published research.

Find Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a reliable resource for Open Access journals, with strict quality criteria. Now with a filter for the a) green DOAJ seal of outstanding compliance with open access standards or the b) orange DOAJ seal of highest standards Best Practices.

 

Recommended Books

"Open Access is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." -- Peter Suber

The two methods of open access for enhanced dissemination of scholarship are: 1) publish in open access journals and  2) deposit peer-reviewed manuscripts and other work in repositories such as Pitt's D-Scholarship@Pitt and PubMed Central(PMC). Both methods are Google-searchable and provide access to full-text scholarly materials. Find out more from Peter Suber's "A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access."

New models of OPEN

PeerJ has rapid peer review and low cost. Indexed in PubMed, Web of Science, Biosis, EMBASE, Scopus & more with JCR Impact Factor. Low cost for peer-reviewed publishing via either three levels of membership OR $1,095 per paper. The Basic individual membership is $399/year including 1 publication; the $449 Enhanced membership covers 2 publications; Premium membership covers 3 peer-reviewed publications. 

eLife  Login with your ORCID iD for rapid peer review and online publication. Indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE, Web of Science, Biosis, EMBASE, Scopus & more. eLife has opted out of JCR Impact Factor to focus on article quality. As of January 1, 2017, there is a $2500 fee for research articles.

Wellcome Open Research This online journal features open peer review, rapid publication and publication fees ranging from $150 to $999 depending on length. It accepts many publication types, from research and systematic reviews to datasets. Supporting data is required with research publications. 

Video: Open Access Explained (8:24)

A concise tour of open access publishing from PhDComics. (10/25/2012)

Open Access Tweets

Preprints - all the benefits of Open Access

Saderi, D; Polka, J (2018):
Anatomy of a preprint
figshare. Poster.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) defines a preprint as "a scholarly manuscript posted by the author(s) in an openly accessible platform, usually before or in parallel with the peer review process."

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-050 Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products for the May 25, 2017 due date and thereafter. This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as products of NIH funding.

When can a traditional publication become Open Access? When you post a free version before or after publication!

1. Check your Publisher Preprint Policies at SHERPA/RoMEO.

Preprint servers currently available to authors in biomedicine include:

Use the HSLS federated preprint search tool, search.bioPreprint, to simultaneously search arXiv, bioRxiv, F1000Research, PeerJ Preprints, preprints and Wellcome Open Research.

Other federated search tools:

Prepubmed.org - Indexes preprints from 8 servers: arXiv q-bio(Quantitative Biology), PeerJ Preprints, bioRxiv, F1000Research, preprints.org, Wellcome Open Research, The Winnower, and Nature Precedings. Links to the server citation.

Prepubmed.org features monthly statistics for seven major preprint servers. Click on Monthly Statistics and enter your search term in “Term frequency over time.” Click the “Term Plot” button. Search sample: pneumonia.

Open Up! Journal & Funder Policies

Make your own works Open Access with a Creative Commons License.

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