Open Access Week 2009

oaday_icon11Today is the first day of Open Access Week 2009.  The purpose of Open Access Week is to broaden awareness of open access to research.  Here are some of the actions that you can take to understand and support open access:

  • Find out more about it.  View the video at http://vimeo.com/7048906 for an overview of the activities that are happening this week – or check out the Open Access Week 2009 blog at http://www.openaccessweek.org/
  • Consider publishing in a peer reviewed open access journal.  For instance, UC has a special agreement with Springer that allows UC authors to make their articles available via open access (“Springer Open Choice”) at no charge – http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/alternatives/springer_faq.html
  • Explore the new UC eScholarship site, an open access repository, which debuts today:  http://escholarship.org Find out more about it by watching their video at http://animoto.com/play/CMUAhzp2fwpvnwSwFTdCOg
  • As an author, carefully read your copyright transfer agreement and negotiate to retain some of your rights – including the right to post your article in the eScholarship repository – http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/manage/retain_copyrights.html
  • Find out more about which funding agencies have mandates that require funded authors to deposit their publications in open access repositories – http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/
  • Support the Federal Research Public Access Act which would make it mandatory for authors to make manuscripts reporting on federally funded research publicly available within six months of publication in a journal – http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/issues/frpaa/
  • Sign up for the free EDUCAUSE webinar, “Throwing Open the Doors: Strategies and Implications for Open Access,” October 23, 2009, 10-11 AM PST – http://net.educause.edu/live0919
  • Spread the word to your colleagues about why publishing in open access venues can increase the number of citations to their work.
  • Wear an open access button this week – pick up one at the UCSD Biomedical Library desk while supplies last!
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