What is Open Access, and how do the Libraries support it?
Guest blog post by Jody Perkins, digital scholarship librarian and metadata specialist
According to SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) “Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Providing OA to research is achieved primarily via deposit of a preprint to an OA repository or through publication in an OA journal. OA journals are a rapidly growing segment of the scholarly publishing market covering research in nearly every discipline. Content is openly available without most of the financial or copyright restrictions of traditional publications.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently includes entries for:
- 12,187 Journals
- 3,424,818 Articles
OA publishing can provide researchers with exposure to a large international audience that is beyond the scope of any single subscription based journal, increasing the impact of their work and advancing scholarship while also raising the research profile of the university. It also has the potential to provide students with unrestricted access to resources for their own research beyond the constraints of shrinking library budgets. In addition, it gives citizens timely access to research that was funded in whole or in part through tax dollars and which may also help community groups address pressing local issues.
How to get involved:
- Sponsor an OA-related event in your department
- Publish your research in an OA Journal
- Deposit a copy of your research article or dataset in an OA repository
- Start or sponsor an OA Journal
- Schedule a consultation with a librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship
The Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University helps faculty and students collect, preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of the Miami University community as well as assist them with fair use and copyright retention. The Scholarly Commons repository includes faculty research articles, technical reports, honors theses and conference papers and proceedings. CDS can also assist faculty in developing and publishing open access e-books using open e-book standards like epub and mobi. Additionally, CDS can host, setup and manage an open access scholarly journal, with or without peer review, using the Open Journal system.
Open Access Journals published or hosted by Miami University Libraries
- The Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning
- Miami Engineering and Computing Review
- The North American GeoGebra Journal
Miami’s Open Access Institutional Repository