Open Access. This term is right now bandied about in various ways and analyzed from all possible perspectives – from a simple reduction, to defining a new model of publishing, growing in strength as a paradigm of thinking about science. This term is no longer only related to science but it also enters other spheres of social life and affects international organizations and public authorities. ‘About Open Access’ is becoming more vociferous and it is gaining in popularity. Without going into a whole discourse on the nature of this phenomenon, I decided to prepare a list of useful web links, […]
On Wednesday I shared with you the very important news about the introduction of a comprehensive Open Access policy at UC. Implementation of mandatory OA policies in the US can be considered as some kind of positive trend. But this trend does not only concern US universities as it also occurs in other regions of the world, like New Zealand, for example.
One of the most telling signs of the development of open access is the introduction and promotion of OA policies by universities and institutions worldwide. Mandatory Open Access can be regarded as a positive or negative phenomena (see article: Does mandatory policy help Open Access?), but it does not change the fact that every year more and more institutions adopt policies of this kind. Recently, the University of California decided to join this group.
Green OA or Gold OA? The advantages and disadvantages of either model remains a never-ending topic of discussion. Both sides of the dispute have valid arguments and motivations, which makes it difficult to determine whether this debate has a chance of ever reaching a definite conclusion. Yet in its present form, Open Access continues to rely on both models. However, the success of Green Open Access may harm the interests of at least one group involved in the publishing of scientific papers: the publishers. Although forced to adjust to the new reality in which research results are shared on the […]
I am always pleased when I can write about new and interesting Open Access initiatives, which show that the OA movement is spreading across the scientific community worldwide. Almost every week we read or hear about universities and institutions which introduce new OA policies, launch repositories or bring out open journals that help scholars to adopt Open Access. Today I would like to introduce two fine examples of this kind of initiative at the University of Miami and the University of Liège.
Green Open Access is now the most popular way to publish scientific papers at no cost. The number of repositories worldwide is huge, and it is sometimes difficult to even determine how many of them have been launched. Institutions, foundations, universities – all are interested in launching repositories for OA articles. However, not all of these repositories contain valuable scientific materials. So, how does one find a repository that is rich in content? This tool can make this job easier.