The UK open access (OA) policy landscape simultaneously preferences Gold publishing models (Finch Report, RCUK, COAF) and Green OA through repository usage (HEFCE), creating the possibility of confusion and duplication of effort for academics and support staff. Alongside these policy developments, there has been an...
The BCcampus Open Education Self-publishing guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.
This study provides a detailed mapping of the bibliometric state of open access to journal publications among ethicists, taking into account not only open access publishing in journals directly, but also where and in what form ethicists make their journal articles available elsewhere on the...
This article presents a case study of the Radical Open Access Collective (ROAC) collective, highlighting how it harnesses the strengths and organizational structures of not-for-profit, independent and scholar-led publishing communities.
This study explored tendencies of the world’s countries—at individual and scientific development levels—toward publishing in APC-funded open access journals. Given the reliance of the APC (Article Processing Costs) model on authors’ affluence and motivation, its affordability and sustainability have been challenged.
Using a database of recent articles published in the field of Global Health research, this article examines institutional sources of stratification in publishing access outcomes.
The 2.5% Commitment Initiative’s goal is to increase the collective investments from academic libraries towards open common infrastructure - that is, projects that provide software or services that support open scholarship.
This study is based on unprecedented access to senior publishers and editors, allowing insight into their strategic and operational priorities. It reports on in-depth qualitative data relating specifically to soundness-only peer review for OAMJs, shedding new light on the OAMJ phenomenon and helping inform discussion...
The website Sci-Hub enables users to download PDF versions of scholarly articles, including many articles that are paywalled at their journal’s site. Sci-Hub has grown rapidly since its creation in 2011, but the extent of its coverage has been unclear.
While the open access (OA) movement is growing throughout academia and has gained traction in some disciplines, there is still skepticism on the part of researchers who question the quality of OA publishing and may associate OA journals with “predatory” journals.
This report presents the results of CAUL's 2017 research publication repositories (RPR) survey.
What aspects of the current system hamper the effective flow of knowledge and good governance, how can they be reformed and what advocacy is required?
This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research in the UK established new policies to promote open access....
The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model.
A new economic model for the analysis of scholarly publishing – journal publishing in particular – is proposed that draws on club theory. The standard approach builds on market failure in the private production (by research scholars) of a public good (new scholarly knowledge). In...
Graduate students sometimes express consternation about whether the presence of their dissertation in an open access institutional repository (IR) will harm their chances of being able to publish the manuscript as a book. Several studies have addressed the question from different perspectives, but...
The UK SCL represents an important step towards accelerating scholarly communication of research by allowing authors to retain their rights, enabling maximum re-use.
This study shows that although the main Open Access (OA) policies do not include monographs, conversations about OA and monographs are surfacing and are expected to be accelerating over the next few years.
This article presents a genealogy of the term open access, focusing on the separate histories that emphasise openness and reusability on the one hand, as borrowed from the open-source software and free culture movements, and accessibility on the other hand, as represented by proponents of...
The document emphasizes the U.S Copyright Office’s longstanding position that section 108 needs to be updated so that libraries, archives, and museums have a robust, comprehensible, and balanced safe harbor to fulfill their missions.