Awareness: Open Access News

Open Access 2013

Open Access Week: SPARC initiatives focus on a week each October and is now beginning the 8th year of this global event, OA week promotes a new norm in scholarship & research with blogs, forums, videos, meeting annoucements, and more, including archives of past meetings.

Legislative news on publicly-funded research is always a hot topic on the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) page.  News, advocacy, customized topical mail alerts on issues. Nov. 2014: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, mandates that their funded research be open and free for the public, starting January 2017.

Stay abreast of OA publishing news with blogs that report events, legislation, commentary, and more, with helpful tools like RSS feeds, social bookmarking applications, and listserv subscriptions..

  • Digital Koans, an online publication site from Digital Scholarship, open access publishing sicnce 1989.  Weblog for news and commentary on digital copyright, curation, repositories, OA, scholarly communications; international news included.
  • Open Acess Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals, Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Overview of OA concept with selected books, reports, debates and many formats to present the movement towards increased access to scholarly literature. Author and title indexing, searchable, table of contents.
  • OAD, the Open Access Directory. Simple lists by category, find what interests you in guides, FAQs, events for conferences & news, statistics, "periodicals that frequently publish articles about OA," and much more.
  • Open Access Overview, Peter Suber, Earlham College legacy site. Use overview or brief link to learn more about Open Access.
  • OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook), a new portal  with topic areas for Researchers, Students, Publishers, Librarians, as well as news, initiatives, case studies, and helpful links.  Easy to read, brief pages display sidebars of related topics, e.g., Researchers section with benefits, concerns, citation impact.



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