It’s been a big month for open access news. I need to share a few treasures even though I’m not entirely caught up. Most of these were connected to International Open Access Week, 2016.
There were 8 great examples of the “open in action” theme in Commit to Putting Open in Action this Open Access Week!
OA Score: I have seen an amazing number of scholars tweet their #OA Score. This is a tool for individual assessment from Impact Story; more information. The cool thing about this is it reflects actions from scholars themselves; Open Access Week is finally about more than what librarians are saying.
OADOI: OADOI is an exciting new tool, also from Impact Story. Introducing oaDOI: resolve a DOI straight to OA. If you hit a paywall when you search by DOI http://doi.org/…, you have a couple of things to check now: 1)If you are off-campus, authenticate so you get all the access WU libraries has paid AND/OR 2) Try OADOI http://oadoi.org/…. What a lovely alternative to “versions” links in Google Scholar! NOTE: When I create a DOI url I usually type http://dx.doi.org/…, but it seems doi.org/ works also. OADOI only works WITHOUT the dx. I tested it with a few accepted manuscript versions posted to Open Scholarship Faculty Publications and it does work!
- SPARC Launches New Resource for Understanding, Comparing Federal Article Sharing Requirements: Browse Article and Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency
- Federally Funded Research Results Are Becoming More Open and Accessible, nice summary by Jerry Sheehan on Whitehouse.gov blog
Using Wikipedia in Teaching (and Publishing?):
- Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia: Final-Year Medical Student Contributions to Wikipedia Articles for Academic Credit at One School, by Amin Azzam, et al.; I read this open access article published in Academic Medicine early in the month; it led me to notice much more in the succeeding weeks.
- WikiProject Medicine: Creating Credibility in Consumer Health, by Richard James, accepted manuscript version of article published in Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Vol. 16, Issue 4, 2016.
- New dataset shows fifteen years of Wikipedia’s quality trends
- Short video about a pharmacy course at UCSF
— Wiki Education (@WikiEducation) October 28, 2016
- Wikipedia’s medical content: A new era of collaboration suggests two ways to connect peer reviewed open access journal article publishing and Wikipedia article publishing: 1)reformatting open access articles for posting in Wikipedia and 2)using Wikipedia as a preprint server. I’m not sure whether these ideas/models will thrive in other disciplines but it seems to me this is a good way to get scholars involved in Wikipedia content plus get some credit for that work.
Of the webcasts I watched, my top pick is:
- Understanding and Protecting Your Rights as an Author, presented By Jill Cirasella, CUNY; this was the Friday event in the week-long SUNY series. I recommend them all but this one was excellent on many levels and extremely useful for outreach to scholars and researchers on any campus I think. This is an overview of author rights and options (including open access publishing and archiving and open licensing.) The webcast archive is available at the SUNY OA Week 2016 site (scroll down to Friday) or directly at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcL7IxZo3H0. The slides are also available for reuse with a CC-BY license.
- Of course there were many more and, as I said, there are still quite a few on my to-do-list. I’ve posted a few links at libguides.wustl.edu/oa1/events.
Open access books and book chapters:
- Termination of Transfer Tool is a new tool announced by Creative Commons this month; it is most likely to be useful to authors who want their rights returned for books and book chapters in order to make them freely available. The statutory process applies to agreements that have been in effect for 35 years, but you may be able to retain a reversion of rights even if your work was more recently published—under terms of your contract or simply by asking the publisher.
More info: Blog post about this tool | 18 minute video on Vimeo which walks you through the process | Rights Reversion Portal
If you are successful, the WU repository Open Scholarship may be an appropriate platform for open distribution; contact your Subject Librarian or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about that. WU Libraries Copyright Help may be useful also.
- Crowd-sourced List of publishers likely to permit self-archiving of book chapters in institutional repositories
- JSTOR begins to distribute some open access books: Open Access eBooks on JSTOR
- Funding open access monographs: A coalition of libraries and publishers, by Rupert Gatti and Marc Mierowsky in College & Research Libraries News vol. 77 no. 9 456-459, about Open Book Publishers.
Open data: The State of Open Data: Report Provides New Insights into the Global State of Open Data #stateofopendata is a report released this month on Figshare. There are 11 sections including Emerging Policies for Open Research Data in the United States, p.27-30, and The Bird in Hand: Humanities Research in the Age of Open Data, p. 38-39.
Happy birthday to two freely available tools:
- MEDLINE Marks Its 45th Year (actually it’s about 35th for the freely available tool PubMed)
- Internet Archive, repository of modern culture, turns 20
Browsing twitter will give you much more: #OAWeek2016, #openaccessweek, #OAWeek, etc. Many universities have done excellent blog posts or series. Several publishers have made selected toll-access content open access for a little while. University of Missouri Libraries has a new open access blog.