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Theme of 2017 International Open Access Week to be “Open in order to…”

In conjunction with this year’s Open Access Week Advisory Committee, SPARC today announces the theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week, to be held October 23-29, will be “Open in order to…”.

This year’s theme is an invitation to answer the question of what…

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Added by Nick Shockey on April 24, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

From Nairobi to the World: Open Access Week 2016

Training-the-Trainers of Open Access

The Open Access landscape is changing. As advocates, we ought to be up-to-date with these changes. This is about the Train-the-Trainer platform adopted for Nairobi’s Open Access Week 2016. Inspired by this year’s Open Access Week theme, Open in Action, I thought of a platform where researchers, librarians, students and others who have committed to working in Open could share their experiences on…

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Added by Lilian Juma on February 20, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

FlourishOA a new Open Access service to support your scholarly publication needs

As Open Access advocates, we are excited to launch FlourishOA, a new online service that helps put “open” into action.

The rapid growth of Open Access (OA) publishing presents novel opportunities and challenges for researchers and publishers alike. There is a growing demand for quantitative tools to assist users in assessing the reputation, cost-effectiveness, and overall publication quality of OA journals. FlourishOA provides a data-driven web app…

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Added by Ashley Farley on January 18, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

AgriXiv - Preprints for Agriculture

The agriculture in the world under the changing climate scenario is facing many challenges and needs utmost attention and support for the development of adaptive, resilient and sustainable livelihoods. Research outputs generated in addressing these challenges faced by agriculture need to be immediately available to…

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Added by Sridhar Gutam on December 7, 2016 at 5:31am — No Comments

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Added by BIBHUMA on October 31, 2016 at 2:46pm — No Comments

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Predatory Publishers' Days Are Numbered

 

With the exponential growth of the Open Access movement over the past decade, it is undeniable that major steps are underway toward broadening both the reach and availability of scientific research. But not every development has been a step in the right direction, and for some, Open Access has become synonymous with negative connotations. The most notable unfortunate byproduct of the boom in numbers and access to scientific journals has been the…

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Added by Peaches Udoma on October 30, 2016 at 6:44pm — No Comments

PLOS is Open in Action

Join PLOS in celebrating Open Access Week by being Open in Action!

  • Register for an ORCiD ID – distinguish yourself and create a record of your scholarly contributions.
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Added by Allison Hawxhurst on October 28, 2016 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Take Action with the new Open Access Button

What better way to take action during Open Access Week than by starting a request for an article or dataset you need? The Open Access Button is here to help!

The Open Access Button has released a new Button for Open Access Week - a simpler, more effective way to get find and request research with the press of a button.

Find and request articles and…

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Added by Chealsye Bowley on October 28, 2016 at 8:31am — No Comments

Introducing oaDOI: resolve a DOI straight to OA

Most papers that are free-to-read are available thanks to “green OA” copies posted in institutional or subject repositories.  The fact these copies are available for free is fantastic because anyone can read the research, but it does present a major challenge: given the DOI of a paper, how can we find the open version, given there are so many different…

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Added by The Impactstory team on October 28, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

How do you stay on top of the latest research and developments in your field? We want to know!

At the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), we are running a short survey asking people about: 

1. How do you access and consume research or information to help you with your work or studies?

2. Have you ever read our flagship publication, the IDS Bulletin? We want to know what you think!

3. What are your attitudes (and prejudices?) towards Open Access academic publishing?…

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Added by Emilie Wilson on October 28, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

"The Size of the Prize": Hidden Benefits of Open Data?

There is no question that Open Data brings enormous value to the scientific community worldwide. But Open Data can also provide myriad benefits to society at large, including significant economic growth in the private…

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Added by Peaches Udoma on October 27, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Open Access + Preprints for Scholars and Journals

Check out Scholastica and Authorea's slideshow on how scholars and journals can use preprints to make research more accessible: …

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Added by Danielle Padula on October 27, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Prioritizing Open Science in the Next Administration

During the last eight years, the Obama Administration has embodied this year’s theme of “Open in Action.” The president and his team came into office with a strong public commitment to open government, and have demonstrated a commitment to open science as part of that agenda. As we approach the 2016 presidential election, the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, is working to ensure that open science…

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Added by Katherine Garcia on October 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

COAPI: Making Open Access Policies Work

The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) is a membership organization that has been working since 2011 to advance the promotion, passage, and implementation of Open Access policies at institutions of higher education. Membership in COAPI now includes 85 institutions. Membership carries no dues and is open to all North American institutions with policies in place, or those working to pass policies. The COAPI website at (…

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Added by COAPI Steering Committee on October 27, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Institute of Development Studies is "open for action" and celebrates Open Access Week 2016

This year's International Open Access Week theme feels appropriate to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) own open access endeavours over the course of 2016 which include re-launching its flagship publication as an open access journal, celebrating 20 years of the development portal Eldis and enhancing OpenDocs, our e-repository of development research. …

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Added by Emilie Wilson on October 27, 2016 at 8:13am — No Comments

Open Access (OA) increases article citation rate

With overwhelming thousands of online journals daily, many scholarly articles simply never reach their intended audience and consequently fail to generate the impact they deserve. Traditionally, scholarly publishers ensured the visibility of an authors’ work by circulating print journals to targeted readers. But fewer people are reading print journals anymore and as content continues to migrate from print to online — how can researchers optimize electronic distribution of content? A simple… Continue

Added by Nader Ale Ebrahim on October 27, 2016 at 12:49am — No Comments

Buyer Beware: Are Some Impact Factors Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?

One of the most important distinctions of an academic journal is the rate at which its articles are cited and shared by other academics in a particular year. In academia, this is called the "impact factor." The impact factor of a journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. The higher a journal’s impact factor, the better the chance that the…

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Added by Peaches Udoma on October 26, 2016 at 9:36pm — No Comments

L’EAPC aposta per la recerca en accés obert

Del 24 al 30 d’octubre se celebra la vuitena edició de l’Open Acces Week, un esdeveniment d’abast mundial que promociona l’accés obert al coneixement científic que es produeix arreu del món. Des de l’Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya ens sumem a aquesta…

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Added by Escla d'Administració Pública de on October 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

How can open access work with promotion & tenure?

Despite many changes in scholarly publishing and evidence for an open access citation advantage, many faculty are still worried about how their publication choices might affect their case for promotion and tenure. Over the past several years, we have identified a few strategies to alleviate those concerns and encourage faculty to include the full range of scholarly products they create along with more diverse metrics for impact. As we describe in a recent College and Research Libraries News…

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Added by Heather Coates on October 26, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

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