December 15, 2017

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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: A Distilled Perspective

As we approach the conclusion of the series of interviews I’ve been conducting with leaders of the open access community, I’ve been asked to share a few comments and reflections. Because of the hard work and dedication of the people who were interviewed for the series, open access publishing—including both text and data—is now a […]

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Open Access at the Crossroads

Discussions of open access to online journal content go back 20 or more years.  In 1995, James O’Donnell and I co-edited perhaps the first book — but by no means the last — on this theme.[i]  Based on a series of internet discussions about “self-archiving,” that book laid the foundations for what was later called […]

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Open Access: It’s All About People!

Everyone is talking about Open Access and Open Science. Scientists and organizations see it as a way to speed up, improve quality, and more effectively reward research activities, while funders and ministries see it as a means to optimize cost of science and leverage innovation. Open Access has been around for more than a decade, […]

Announcement: We’re extending Open Access in Action!

We’re extending Open Access in Action! As part of our contribution to International Open Access Week 2016, we’re excited to announce that we will be extending Open Access in Action for a further six months. Starting in November, we’ll be rolling out a new phase of this program that will build upon the successes of […]

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Whither (and Whether) OA?

We’ve now been discussing, advocating for, and arguing about open access for something like twenty years. (The first formal declaration on the topic was issued in 2002, but OA has been a subject of serious discussion in the scholarly-communication world since at least the mid-1990s.) An awful lot has changed since the turn of the […]

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases

Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together.

Harvard Report: One Step Closer to Low-Risk OA Orphan Works?

On August 12, the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication published a comprehensive literature review detailing strategies for digitizing copyright-protected works for which rights holders cannot be found or contacted—colloquially called “orphan works.” This 112-page peer-reviewed report, “Digitizing Orphan Works: Legal Strategies to Reduce Risks for Open Access to Copyrighted Orphan Works,” is the culmination of the 2015–16 Orphan-Works Project at Harvard.

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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 […]