Every day this week, the Scholarly Communications Working Group in the library will highlight one piece of recent Open Access related news in order to celebrate Open Access week. Don’t forget to visit our Open Access week page for information about events: http://library.queensu.ca/services/scholcomm/OpenAccess2013
Wondering if you can deposit your article in the Queen’s University Institutional Repository, QSpace https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/, without violating your publishers’ copyright rules? Considering publishing in an open access journal but concerned about its’ quality? Here are some resources to assist you:
RoMEO: www.sherpa.ac.uk.romeo RoMEO summarizes publishers’ conditions and categorizes publishers by colours (Gold and Green OA), indicating level of author rights.
JULIET: www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet JULIET provides summaries of funding agencies’ grant conditions on self-archiving of research publications and data.
The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum http://www.carl-abrc.ca/en/scholarly-communications/resources-for-authors.html#addendum
Traditional publishing agreements often require that authors grant exclusive rights to the publisher. The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.
Evaluating Open Access Publishers
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): http://www.doaj.org/ The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA): http://oaspa.org/ The OASPA has produced a Code of Conduct http://oaspa.org/membership/code-of-conduct/ for OA Publishers and maintains a member list.
Beall’s List of Potential, Possible, or Probably Predatory Open-Access Journals: Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, has developed criteria for determining predatory open access publishers.
Millard, W.B. (2013) Some research wants to be free, some follows the money. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 62(2), 14A-20A. Accessed October 24, 2013, from http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(13)00547-7/fulltext
Special Libraries Association. (n.d.). Should I publish in, or be an editor for, and Open Access (OA) journal?: A brief guide. Accessed October 24 2013, from http://scitech.sla.org/pr-committee/oaguide/
For more information please contact Sylvia Andrychuk, Scholarly Communications Specialist at Queen’s Library (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Swartz, Copyright Advisory Office (email@example.com ).