Category Archives: Publishers OA Policies

Open Access Discussion Series At UVic – Do you undertand what open access publishing can do for you?

When: Friday, October 26, 2012: 10-11:30 am
Where: Room 210
Topic: Do you understand what open access publishing can do for you?
Speaker Panel:

Moderator: Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian
Publishers: Elsevier, Springer, SAGE & BIOMED Central
Faculty: Dr. Ray Siemens, Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis and Dr. Frank van Veggel

Archived Webcast:

Abstract: The panelists will be discussing how open access publishing can significantly boost the visibility and impact of your research, as well as the perceived or common misunderstanding/myths around open access publishing:

•OA journals are not peer reviewed? That they have a low impact factor or no metrics and therefore considered to be second tier journals to publish with.
•OA publishing model is free?
•What is the difference between OA publishing model vs. traditional publishing model?
•What is the motivation behind the OA movement? What is the role that OA can play for the world/scholars?
•What are the risks, threats and opportunities/benefits in publishing with an OA journal?
•What is your experience with having your work published in an OA journal?
•Open access publishing will eliminate the need for libraries to manage traditional journal subscriptions?
•Is OA publishing becoming the norm for publishing / for scholars to share their research?
•What do we have to do as an institution to get OA publishing the norm at UVic?

Vendor Showcase – Lunch and Learn
Where: Room A025 (Lower Level, McPherson Library)
Time: 12-2pm

Finch Report

Report of the Working Group of Expanding Access to Published Research Findings – the Finch Group

The UK Government announced on July 16, 2012 that: “it has accepted the recommendations of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Dame Janet Finch. The RIN provided the secretariat and drafted the report Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications, which was published on 18 June – the full report and its executive summary are attached below. The report recommended a balanced programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research, and to accelerate the progress towards a fully open access environment.

The report made clear that several different channels for communicating research results will remain important over the next few years. But it recommended a clear policy direction in the UK towards support for 'Gold' open access publishing, where publishers receive their revenues from authors rather than readers, and so research articles become freely accessible to everyone immediately upon publication. At the same time, the report recommended extensions to current licensing arrangements in the higher education, health and other sectors; improvements to the infrastructure of repositories, and support for the moves by publishers to provide access to the great majority of journals in public libraries.”

For more see:

Not So Fast on ‘Open Access’

Scott Jaschik | Inside Higher Ed | September 24, 2012

The movement toward “open access” publishing — in which scholarly journal articles are available free — is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association.

The statement notes that there are many frustrations with the current system of journal publishing, in which high journal subscription prices limit access to scholarship. But the AHA statement says that proposed solutions such as open access may do more harm than good.

Specifically, the statement says that the arguments for open access in the sciences (where most work is supported in part by federal funds) could soon be applied to the humanities (where most work is not supported with federal funds).

Read more:
Inside Higher Ed

World Bank – Open Access Policy & Repository

April 10, 2012 | World Bank

The World Bank announced that it is consolidating its collection of more than “2,000 books, articles, reports and research papers in a search engine friendly Open Knowledge Repository, and allowing the public to distribute, reuse and build upon much of its work – including commercially.”

The Bank’s new open access policy takes effect on July 1 and will be phased in over the next year.

For more information see:,,contentMDK:23164771~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html

U of Ottawa Press – open access collection

As of July 30, the U of Ottawa Press made 36 of its title available free to the online community.

“The collection consists of both French-language and English-language in-print titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The UOP is proud to take part in the University of Ottawa's open access program, which includes a commitment to make research easier to consult through its institutional repository, to provide funds to researchers aiming to publish their work in open access journals, and to award grants for research on the open access movement. Supporting open access also provides a unique opportunity for the UOP to reach audiences outside its traditional market while promoting scholarship and discovery.

Developed in collaboration with the University of Ottawa Library, the open access collection will be available in PDF format through the University of Ottawa's institutional repository, uO Research, which can be searched by title, author, date or keyword.

All of the UOP's open access books will continue to be sold in their print editions, and many will be available in ebook format for ease of reading on hand-held devices.

Explore the University of Ottawa Press open access collection (”

University of California Libraries and Springer sign open access agreement

University of California Libraries and Springer Sign Pilot Agreement for Open
Access Journal Publishing

The University of California Libraries and Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) have concluded a ground-breaking experimental agreement to support open access publishing by UC authors. The arrangement is part of the journals license negotiated by the California Digital Library on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California.

Under the terms of the agreement, articles by UC-affiliated authors accepted for
publication in a Springer journal beginning in 2009 will be published using Springer Open Choice with full and immediate open access. There will be no separate per-article charges, since costs have been factored into the overall license. Articles will be released under a license compatible with the Creative Commons (by-nc: Attribution,Non-commercial) license. In addition to access via the Springer platform, final published articles will also be deposited in the California Digital Library's eScholarship Repository.

The University of California-Springer agreement is the first large-scale open access experiment of its type undertaken with a major commercial publisher in North America.

Electronic scholarly publishing and open access

Charles Oppenheim
Journal of Information Science, Vol. 34, No. 4, 577-590 (2008)

A review of recent developments in electronic publishing, with a focus on Open Access (OA) is provided. It describes the two main types of OA, i.e. the `gold’ OA journal route and the `green’ repository route, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of the two, and the reactions of the publishing industry to these developments. Quality, cost and copyright issues are explored, as well as some of the business models of OA. It is noted that whilst so far there is no evidence that a shift to OA will lead to libraries cancelling subscriptions to toll-access journals, this may happen in the future, and that despite the apparently compelling reasons for authors to move to OA, so far few have shown themselves willing to do so. Conclusions about the future of scholarly publications are drawn.

Scholarly Publishing Practice, 3rd survey

Academic journal publishers’ policies and practices in online publishing, 3rd Edition

This is the third in a series of ALPSP surveys undertaken to establish current scholarly publishing practices, designed to track changes in policy and practice since 2000, as online publishing has matured. The survey was conducted of 400 journal publishers, both commercial and not-for-profit, consisting of ALPSP and other major association members. A response rate of over 65% was achieved including the majority of major journal publishers. Press Release (pdf)