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Good examples of promoting Open Access: University of California and University of Manchester

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Open Access is right now quite a hot topic. It is discussed by the scientific community, implemented by governments and introduced across other areas of social life. However, OA still needs proper promotion to reach the largest possible audience. A greater number of institutions and universities become aware of this issue and they take a more proactive stance in promoting Open Access.

Today’s example of promotion of Open Access on the Internet comes from the University of Manchester,  which launched a special website/portal named Open Access at Manchester. The website contains a lot of useful information for researchers and scholars who are thinking about publishing their works in the OA model. They can find information about journals, how to gain funding for covering APCs and where to deposit a paper. Moreover, the website disseminates news about Open Access, informs readers about OA policies, includes FAQ and presents the latest OA research via Manchester eScholar.

This initiative not only promotes OA but also provides useful information for authors.

The second example is an initiative by the University of California, Berkeley. UC launched a special webpage, which informs, promotes but is also an advocate for OA. The site contains some interesting information; for example, each year, UC spends more than $40 million to access scientific work including the work of its own authors. UC also asks for help and a declaration of support for OA:

“1. Make open access the default right for researchers. Currently, individual researchers must negotiate with publishers for open access.

2. Make its research available in open access repositories. There should be no paywalls preventing scholars from accessing UC research.”

The Internet contains dozens or maybe even hundreds of websites dedicated to the subject of Open Access. However, it is sometimes very difficult for authors to find answers to the most pressing questions: where, how and how much? The initiatives that try to answer those questions are always the most welcome.

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