Tag Archives: open access

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Introducing The Idealis, An Open-Access Journal for Library and Information Science Research

At the Library

There’s a new resource for librarians looking for high-quality, open-access library and information science research, The Idealis. Started by Stacy Konkiel, Lily Troia, & Nicky Agate, the website is:

…a new kind of open access overlay journal, powered by PressForward and curated by librarian-experts working in the arena of scholarly communication. Each week, editors recruit the very best scholarly communication literature from across the Web, working with authors to make their research availabl…

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. In fact one could make the argument that part of our Ethos here is build around the idea of openness; we write openly about our pedagogies, our practices, and our struggles. Increasingly, however, “open” is being turned into the latest buzzword around education and education reform (transformation, disruption, revolutionize, leveraging, etc). The word, then, is losin…

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Find Open Access Articles Faster with UnPayWall

Fort Damaged Wall

Have you heard of Unpaywall? It is a free Chrome/Firefox extension that helps you quickly find open access versions of articles you’re searching for. One of the problems of Green Open Access is that if you go to the subscription journal site, you won’t be able to see if there are open access versions of the article available. However, open access versions might exist on authors’ own websites, or institutional and subject respositories. Now, Google and Google scholar can often find those without…

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Open Access Week 2016 Starts Today

Once again, it’s the time of year for Open Access Week, a coordinated worldwide effort to make Open Access “a new norm in scholarship and research.” Check out the Open Access Week site for a schedule of events taking place worldwide, a variety of blog posts, a selection of videos, and some ideas for how to get involved (at the bottom of this page). If you’re on Twitter, look for the #OAWeek2016 hashtag.

Is your campus hosting any Open Access Week events? Is this an important issue for you, your…

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Translate Open Access Resources with Annotran

Life is Sharing

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written here previously about the collaborative online annotation tool Hypothes.is and about the Open Library of the Humanities, and we have long been proponents of Open Access resources. A few weeks ago, OLH co-founder Martin Eve introduced a new tool, called Annotran. It’s part of the mission of OLH to provide Open Access and accessible scholarly materials, but, as Eve points out:

However, the paywall barrier is only one dimension of closed access. If you are a monol…

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MLA Commons CORE and Open Access

The Modern Language Association recently announced an exciting open-access project, Humanities Core, funded by the NEH. The project is very ambitious and promises to be a valuable asset for researchers, particularly those without access to the expensive databases of large universities. The announcement explains the project:

The MLA and Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $60,000 sta…

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Open Data Button Aims to Set Data Free

This week, the people who brought you the Open Access Button have released the beta version of their new “Open Data Button,” a browser add-on with a simple but powerful purpose:

Download the Open Data Button for your browser. Next time you’re reading a research paper and you want to investigate the data behind it, push the Open Data Button. The Open Data Button will try to find you the data you need. If that doesn’t work, it’ll start a request to the author asking them to share their da…

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Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South

Singapore Waterfalls
In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. Before I do so, I need to admit my privilege: my institution has a great physical and electronic library with additional free document delivery – so I can literally get any article or book chapter I want, for free, and during my PhD I had additional access to the University of Sheffield’s eResources library. However, I know that most Egyptian ac…

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Introducing Open Library of the Humanities

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This past fall semester, the Open Library of the Humanities, or OLH, officially launched their publishing arm. The OLH is:

a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

As you can tell by the spelling, it originated out…

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Thoughts on Open Access Panels

Strong supporters of Open Access come to their position by many roads. My views developed partly from my own background, going from a university with relatively limited access to books and resources in my area of research, then to one where it felt like my access had almost no limits, and finally to work at a university where access to books and resources in my area is still limited. They are also the product of my interactions with some amazing historians who do their work outside of universit…