How open access to research benefits us all

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S. (Sam) Kritikos

Dec 5, 2010, 5:18:55 PM12/5/10
Folks, interesting article by Rebecca Fernandez on open access
scientific magazines. I have listed the links from the article below:

How open access to research benefits us all

Malaria Journal:
"an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal ... All
articles are published without barriers to access, immediately upon

10 years of Malaria Journal: how did Open Access change publication patterns?

"BioMed Central which is now part of the Springer Group,
publishes 206 peer-reviewed Open Access journals,
including Malaria Journal, started in 2002 ...

"The creation of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) in 2001, initially as
an organization to advocate Open Access publication, led to the creation of
a number of PLoS journals initially aimed firmly at the 'high quality end'
of the scientific spectrum. The launch of these new journals, together with
the wide range of OA journals started a few years earlier by BioMed Central,
has changed the scientific publication scene forever."

Other open access journals, and sites:
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Parasites & Vectors
Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
AJOL (African Journals Online)

New evidence of the power of open access
October 18, 2010

"New findings settle one of the arguments about Open Access (OA) research
publications: Are they more likely to be cited because they were made OA, or
were they made OA because they were more likely to be cited? ...

"The results show that the OA citation impact advantage is just as great when
OA is mandatory (i.e., the author's institution or funder requires the
author to make all research publications OA) as it is when OA is optional
(i.e., the author self-selects whether and what to make OA)."

Muluken W. Alemayehu
Researchers' Attitude to using Institutional Repositories: A case study of
the Oslo University Institutional Repository (DUO)
Master thesis , International Master in Digital Library Learning, 2010
PDF 68 pages

Review of 'The Access Principle' by John Willinsky

What We Can Do About Science Journals
John Baez, August 13, 2007

The smart scholar’s publication-venue heuristics; or, how to use open access
to advance your career; Blog post Oct 22 2010

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
"This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and
scholarly journals."

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)
"OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the
information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on
automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories."

Open Access Week, Oct 18-24, 2010:
"Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an
opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn
about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned
with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make
Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research."

Rebecca's blog: That Corporate Writer

S. (Sam) Kritikos

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