Open access, public access and scholarly communications in general – news from February 2016

Public Access: Feb. 2016 marks the third anniversary of the OSTP directive to make data and publications resulting from federally funded research freely available. and SPARC both marked the occasion. Implementation details continue to be developed; the libraries are tracking those at

New PWYW OA open access pricing model: EDP Open has begun a Pay-What-You-Want fee for open access publishing; they are called this “Liberty APCs.” Didn’t Panera try this and drop it? Anyway, it should be interesting to see if this works. More information.

PeerJ price changes: PeerJ is tweaking their unusual pricing model. New Publication Prices at PeerJ were announced. Membership fees raised but some fees dropped.

arXiv overlay journals: Another newish model piggybacks “journals” on articles distributed on preprint servers, in this case arXiv. These are also sometimes called arXiv overlay journals. I’ve blogged about Discrete Analysis on the math library blog; now Open Journal of Astrophysics has been announced. More information.

ACRL Roadshow in Missouri in April: Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement is a free conference in Columbia, Missouri, on April 14. The purpose of this ACRL program is “to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system.” Registration is limited and open now.

Open Data Button: Some readers may recall the Open Access Button, which is a search aid for OA versions on the web and emails the author for a copy if none can be found. An Open Data Button will be launched February 29, 2016.

Free Research Data Management and Sharing online class: A 5-week Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Research Data Management and Sharing will begin March 1. More information and registration. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Don’t forget the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Set for March 5 at the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library. It will be a great opportunity to learn about or contribute to Wikipedia.

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819