We, the open access promoters, have been focused primarily on academic papers. As a result, we still have a lot of work in promoting open access to other forms of academic output. As I concluded in my previous posts, according to the results of the Key Challenges of Research Communication De Gruyter Open Author Survey, green open access in the case of academic papers is driven mostly by ethical beliefs of their authors. Now we can see that things look similar in the case of green open access to book chapters. According to the survey, among 99 authors of toll […]
In my recent post I have discussed open access to academic book chapters. However, I was focused on one of its form only, which is organized by publishers. And similar to the case of academic articles, and also in the case of book chapters, other ways of making content open exists. It occurs when an author of a chapter submits a copy of his/her work that was originally published in toll access, to a freely accessible website. This is called ‘self-archiving’ or ‘green open access’ in the case of academic papers, and I think we can use these terms when […]
Green and gold open access should be discussed as separate phenomenons, with a different set of factors that may foster or inhibit their growth. While green open access is driven mostly by the ethical beliefs of researchers it also requires knowledge that a lot of academic authors lack. In my second post presenting the output of the Key Challenges of Research Communication De Gruyter Open Author’s Survey, I wrote that there is no link between authors’ habits considering gold and green routes to open access. Now I must confess, that is not the complete truth. In fact, between a share […]
The previous version of this post was written almost two years ago by my colleague and unfortunately it included some information that could be seen as misleading. That is why I have decided to rewrite the post. The title is very up to date, since nowadays every journal offers some kind of open access option. So, the question is more about how to make your article open access, than whether to do it or not. If you are a scholar you should take care about the public availability of your work. The previous version of the post is here. What […]
The most important benefit for authors of publishing in Open Access is the increased visibility of their work. Theoretically, Open Access content can be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, while access to an article published in a conventional journal is limited to only some libraries, which can afford a subscription to that particular journal (and even the wealthiest libraries in the world do not subscribe all academic journals because it would be too expensive). This is why publishing your work in Open Access is a factor that increases your chances of gaining visibility and citations (more here). The […]
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.