Open Access

New Nature Journals

By Alison Verbeck on September 8, 2017

Nature Research is expanding its portfolio of open access titles to include a family of three new, high quality, selective, open access multidisciplinary journals – Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry and Communications Physics. The journals will be online-only and publish open...


By Alison Verbeck on September 8, 2017

Unpaywall is a web browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.  Once installed, it brings up a gray or green tab on the side of the screen when the user hits a paywalled paper.  A green “unlock” sign means that a free version of the paper is available elsewhere.  A gray “lock̶...

Scholarly communications selected links from April, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on April 29, 2017

Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) was launched on April 6th. It “aims to allow anyone to access science papers’ reference lists and to build analytical services on top of those raw data.” Here are a few stories about this initiative: Initiative aims to break science’s citatio...


By Alison Verbeck on April 25, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser add-on for Firefox or Chrome that will search for Open Access copies of articles across the Internet. They claim to have a greater than 60% find rate for scholarly materials.  It was written up in a recent article in Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scholarly communications selected links from March, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on March 30, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox created at ImpactStory; it seeks free-to-read versions of articles. Unpaywall uses OpenDOI so must have a DOI. The Open Access Button is another tool to add to your toolbox; it works differently. It has a few new features and improvements. Mo...

Scholarly communications selected links from February, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on February 28, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative BOAI15 #ElsevierValentines 2017: A lightly-curated selection of #ElsevierValentines tweets may make you think or smile. Plum Analytics has been acquired by Elsevier – “scientific publishers are investing ...

Open access / public access news from December 2016 – January 2017

By Ruth Lewis on January 31, 2017

Presentations from OpenCon 2016 are now available on YouTube. OpenCon is a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education. OpenCon 2016 was held in Washing...

Help Improve Wikipedia

By Shannon Davis on January 18, 2017

Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites in the world, and often the first stop for researchers. We all use Wikipedia to look up information, so why not help make it better? From January 15 to February 3, Wikipedia is asking users (and particularly librarians) to add one reference to Wikiped...