Last week brought news of positive and interesting developments in the world of Open Access. Among them, a milestone in the development of DOAJ, an injection of cash for the Knowledge Unlatched project, Mikael Laakso’s new article on Green OA, and the digital collection of the British Library.
Today, almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet. With an instant access to the Internet and applications we can fully exploit the potential of these devices, also by means of using them in the process of searching for scientific sources. Recently I published a list of 6 Open Access apps that can benefit scientists and their work. I reckon, a yet another app merits a post.
The scientific community has adopted a division of Open Access into two main types: Green and Gold. Almost everyone who has had contact with Open Access knows what lies behind these two terms. But apart from these, there are also other names, such as Hybrid OA, Gratis OA and Libre OA. What is hidden behind these terms? Below you will find a brief explanation, and links that should help you navigate better through the maze of definitions.
There has been some debate about delayed Open Access, if it can even be called Open Access, and whether this form of sharing research is more or less effective than immediate OA, especially in the context of the impact factor and citation level. This discussion is important as it focuses on the very essence of OA and the development of standards that should guide the publication of research in this model.
Green Open Access (self-archiving) is a growing trend in publishing and disseminating research results. Almost every university and research institution now has its own repository for scientific articles. Yet, the biggest barrier to Green Open Access is still the time embargo on publishing – a consequence of which some articles are delayed by one or two years. Although more and more researchers publish their results almost immediately, the time embargo is still a significant brake on the development of Green Open Access. Fortunately, it is becoming more common to try to eliminate this barrier, or at least to reduce the […]
Open Access is gradually becoming a popular standard for publishing and sharing research results. However, a huge number of scholarly books and articles are still hidden behind paywalls. Since we may still have a while to wait for open access in all areas science, we can in the meantime do something to spread the word. For this we can use the Open Access Button.