November 17, 2017

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Open Access: Advocacy

Widespread acceptance of open access has progressed more slowly than many advocates had hoped. One such advocate, Dr. Peter Suber, explains the barriers and misconceptions, and offers some strategic and practical advice. From its inception, the open access or OA publishing model has had two main driving forces. One is practical—a response to the ubiquitous, […]

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Supporting Open Access

Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process.

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Beyond Open Access

The trend to make scientific journal articles freely (and easily) accessible also extends to the underlying research data and methodology. Academic libraries are the key to making Open Science practical.

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Making Open Access Content Discoverable

Finding the right journal content has always been hard work for scholars and librarians. The move from print to digital was supposed to make that easier—in theory. Data-at-your-fingertips should have meant less stack climbing, less poring over endless endnotes, and better overall results. The reality is far different. Search technology, already in a fragmented state, […]

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Open Access in Perspective

The “Open Access in Action” series has explored many but certainly not all the facets of this highly disruptive publishing trend. To put the issues in perspective, and to focus on the resulting changes to the role of academic and research librarians, we interviewed Dr. Stephen Pinfield, Professor of Information Services Management at The University […]

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Mastering Open Access Metrics

Like their subscription-based counterparts, Open Access articles’ metadata is essential to measuring its impact in the academic world. Open Access (or OA) is a result of the digital publishing revolution. When print was augmented or replaced with interconnected digital documents, scholars, researchers, and librarians naturally turned increasingly to the open and ostensibly free Web. They […]

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Helping Your Organization Embrace Open Access

It is generally agreed that wider acceptance of Open Access (OA) is a positive outcome for the worldwide research community, and the key to moving forward is ultimately found in human behavior and perceptions. Academic publishing is notoriously fragmented; fundamental change often requires persistent effort by many, diverse stakeholders. For researchers and their institutions, the […]

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Flipping Journals to Open Access

Mandates from governments, funding sources, and institutions, have made the switch to open access all but inevitable. This puts increasing pressure on traditional journals to change, a process commonly known as “flipping,” but a new study reveals the many ways to convert from subscriptions to OA.

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Caveat Historia: The Perils of Playing God

Daniel Godfrey’s New Pompeii combines a fresh approach to science fiction with conspiracy, intrigue, and the unpredictability of human nature.

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