Open Access

This week there will be a lot of focus on the 10th International Open Access week. This years theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.

What is Open Access?

According to Wikipedia it refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access. Mainly it is a matter of scientific articles and theses but books, research data and meta data can also be included.

To have free access to scientific information means that the author gives everyone the right to read, download, copy and distribute the work in digital form. It has been proved that if you publish your work with Open Access, it will spread faster and is cited more often.

The main methods of Open Access are:

  • Green Open Access or self-archiving as it is sometimes called. It means that the researcher, as soon as the publisher allows can make a refereed and published publication freely available in full text on the Internet.
  • Gold Open Access means that the researcher publishes her/himself on an Open Access publisher. The article or the thesis will then be immediately open and available on the Internet. Sometimes it happens that the publisher charges a fee for this.
  • Hybird Open Access means that articles will be freely available immediately upon publication. The author hase to pay a fee for this.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Read more about Open Access

This year’s Open Access Week draws to a end, our exhibition in the Library’s main floor will remain a few more days. In the exhibition, we have a couple of books on Open Access from different perspectives.

One of the books is called simply Open Access and in this brief introduction Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

open-accessThe book is found both as physical copy, but also as e-book. A search for more books on open access in Summon is available here.

Text: Lisa Carlson

What is the cost of reading a journal at the library?

Nothing of course. Our other blog, Researchrelated writes about the subject during Open Access week : “It is know that the journal costs libraries have are high but there has not been too much information or data of the exact costs. There are a couple of reasons for this, among others that it has not been customary to publish this information and that libraries often have non-disclosure agreements with the publishers, which limits the library’s possibilities to make the costs known to public.

Learn more about Open Access.

Open Access-vecka

Text: Lisa Carlson/Pieta Eklund

Open access week 2014

The annual open access week will be noticed in our blog. We will be publishing a post about topics related to open access. Before that you could take a look at our previous post on open access.

Open Access promotes free access to science. It is wrong that taxpayers through universities and colleges have to pay for research several times through:

1. financial support for research at the university and colleges where research is produced

2. researcher reviewing other researchers’ articles (in peer-reviewed journals) are not paid by publishers, they are paid by the university since it is done during workhours when employed by a university

3. university libraries then buy published research from the publishers in the form of journals and databases for access to the results

In our other blog Forskningsrelaterat (Research related) we write about  open access. Previous blog posts can be read here.We write a series of blog posts during this week, five to be exact on varying topics. These blog posts can be followed here.

Here is a film that simply explains Open Access for those who are not familiar with the concept:

We also take the opportunity to tip about the documentary Internet’s own boy that’s freely available on Youtube. It is about Aaron Swartz who was one of the earliest protesting against these norms and wrote the nowadays known Guerilla Open Access Manifesto. The film is freely available to see under a CC-licens, this feels right given that Aaron Swartz was one of the people behind creative commons.

Text: Pieta Eklund and Lisa Carlson

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto