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Slides from "Open Access @ MTA: What it means to you," a presentation for faculty in April and June 2015 by MTA Libraries and the Office of Research Services.
Open Access by Peter Suber
Call Number: Z 286 .O63 S83 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-20
In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold.
Links to 5 downloadable modules on: (1) Scholarly Communications; (2) Concepts of Openness & Open Access; (3) Intellectual Property Rights; (4) Research Evaluation Metrics; and (5) Sharing Your Work in Open Access.
What Is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) is the free, online availability of scholarly research outputs. OA deals primarily with access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles, for which authors receive no financial compensation.
There are two primary means of achieving Open Access:
Open Access Journals offer an alternative to traditional subscription-based journals by providing free access to the peer-reviewed articles they publish.
Open Access Repositories collect, preserve, and provide free access to peer-reviewed articles and other types of research outputs. OA repositories may be discipline-based or institution-based.
Scholars build on the research of others when they undertake new research. Research knowledge is a public good that enables these scholars to gain information, insights and ideas that can lead to new research breakthroughs.
The Internet provides a platform for sharing research results quickly and broadly. The high price of many scholarly journals, however, inhibits the wide distribution of research results, impeding opportunities for further research.
At Mount Allison, one subscription to a database carrying peer-reviewed scientific journals can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year. Journal prices rise each year, while library budgets shrink. Open Access publishing provides an alternative.
How Authors Benefit from Open Access
Advantages for authors include:
Greater citation and exposure of authors' work
Discovery and use of research beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries leading to interdisciplinary convergencies
More potential for collaborations at various levels (local, regional, national and international)
Greater author control over intellectual property through negotiating balanced copyright agreements with publishers
Greater flexibility over how authors can use the products of their research
The ability for authors to track their research record through open-access repositories