Open access / public access news, October 2016

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…, 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…. What a lovely alternative to “versions” links in Google Scholar! NOTE: When I create a DOI url I usually type…, but it seems 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!

Public Access:

Using Wikipedia in Teaching (and Publishing?):

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 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

Open access books and book chapters:

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:

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.

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