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New Resource on Open-Access Scholarship

September 14, 2010, 7:44 AM
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For the past few weeks, I've been discussing the advantages and challenges relevant to open-access publishing in academia.  For those with a special interest in this topic and who want to deep dive into past studies and articles on the subject, a major new resource is now available.  Details below.

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

Can scholarly journal articles and other scholarly works be made freely available on the Internet? The open access movement says "yes," and it is having a significant impact on scholarly publishing. There are two major open access strategies: (1) open access journals publish articles (typically peer-reviewed articles) that are free of charge and may be able to be reused under an open license (e.g., a Creative Commons license), and (2) self-archiving of digital eprints (typically prepublication versions of articles) by authors in digital repositories, where they can be accessed free of charge and sometimes reused. Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography, which has over 1,100 references, provides in-depth coverage of published journal articles, books, and other works about the open access movement. Many references have links to freely available copies of included works.

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography is available as a 180-page, 6" by 9" paperback book and as an open access PDF file.

 

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Strategies for Promoting Open Access Publishing

NY Times Article on Open Access in Academia Sparks Conversations Across Campuses

 

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