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Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication: The formal and informal means by which scholars contribute to the constantly evolving discussion between them. This guide gives authors, researchers, and inventors new tools and information about the world of "ScholComm" today!

What is Open Access?

 "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder." 
-- Peter Suber, "A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access," 2004


Coined in 2002 at the Budapest Open Access Initiative as a way to combat the rise in publisher consolidation and access fees.

Open Access Explained!

Animation by Jorge Cham
Narration by Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen
Transcription by Noel Dilworth
Produced in partnership with the Right to Research Coalition, the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

License: Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY

Why Go OA?

Library Journal (Smith, K.L. Of Predators and Public Health, May 23, 2013) reported that the American Public Health Association (APHA in SHERPA/RoMEO) recently amended their OA policy to read that rather than a 2-year embargo on articles that were not originally published OA, there would now be a 10-year embargo, so that no articles published in the last decade would be available OA until they were 10 years old, unless they were federally funded and available in PubMed Central.

Which would you prefer: to have your work immediately (or almost immediately) available for use and research, or tucked away in a database for a decade, after which point its effect and usefulness, especially for those who can't afford the access fees, may be reduced?

OA Tools: Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses were created as a way to give authors the ability to make their works accessible online beyond the restrictions of traditional copyright. Authors can assign a range of licenses depending on how they want their works to be accessed and/or reused.

How Open Is It?

How open is the journal you're interested in? The "How Open Is It?" guide from the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) can help (licensed CC-BY).

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OA Twitter Feeds to Follow

Twitter is a great way to keep up with news and discussion of open access.