Thursday, December 20, 2012

As Open Access Explodes, How to Tell The Good From the Bad and the Ugly?

Author Martin Enserrink has written an interesting article in Science about the challenges of determining reputable open access (OA) journals in which to submit a research manuscript for publication. Topics include the debut of an online registry called the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the difficulty in gauging the quality of OA journals, and the increasing diversity of the OA industry, which includes some of the world's most prolific publishers, such as Springer.

Definitely worth a read.

- kjb

Source:    Science; 11/23/2012, Vol. 338 Issue 6110, p1018-1018, 1p

If you are at the University of Guelph full text is available via the ejournals list link on the Library home page.

Monday, December 10, 2012

CIHR Open Access Policy

As an Open Access advocates, I was delighted to see amendments made to the CIHR Open Access Policy this month. As of January, 2013, CIHR-funded researchers will be required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication – at the latest.

The policy states that :

As of January 1, 2013, researchers awarded funding from CIHR are required to adhere with the following responsibilities:
  • ensure that all research papers generated from CIHR funded projects are freely accessible through the Publisher's website or an online repository within 12 months of publication;
  • deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results;
  • retain original data sets for a minimum of five years (or longer if other policies apply);
  • and acknowledge CIHR support by quoting the funding reference number in journal publications.
Read the full policy on the CIHR website.

If you have recieved funding from CIHR and want to discuss what this policy means for you, please contact someone from the Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team:

- kjb

Friday, December 7, 2012

Why Open Access Saves Lives....

The December 7, 2012 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education incudes an interesting article by
Peter Suber and Darius Cuplinskas. Titled, "Why Open Access Saves Lives" the article tells the story of 15 year old Jack Andraka,  a high-school student in Maryland who has invented a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer.

"Without open access, Jack Andraka would not have been able to retrieve and read scientific publications on the Web, even if he had been able to locate them. "

His is a great example of why the traditional publishing model is broken and why academics need to take this issue on.

Read the article: