Open Access Experts Room

This room seeks to facilitate discussions among Open Access experts.

Weekly Link Highlights, May 30 - June 3, 2022

Started 6 months ago

Libraries can play an active, strategic role in transitioning scholarly monographs into Open Access https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/infrastructure-is-key-to-supporting-the-sectors-shift-towards-open-access-for-monographs-27-may-2022

In emerging markets, such as in Africa, misconceptions about Open Access continue to linger, due to low levels of awareness of the implications that Open Science has for scholarly stakeholders, e.g., publishing costs, quality assurance and copyright issues https://theplosblog.plos.org/2022/05/expanding-globally-listening-locally-open-science-in-africa/

Transitioning scholarly journals, as well as monographs, into Open Access makes available objective, evidence-based scientific results to the broadest possible audience around the world https://journals.lww.com/jbjsoa/Fulltext/2022/06000/JBJS_OA_Awards__Recognizing_Excellence_Among_Open.13.aspx

Public libraries provide unrestricted access to creative works, scholarly knowledge and verified information https://www.6sqft.com/nyc-public-libraries-want-you-to-read-these-10-banned-books/

This Subscribe-to-Open (#S2O) Transparency Report of #EDPSciences discusses publication statistics, the transformative S2O model, and the revenue received from the Fonds National pour la Science Ouverte and the CNRS https://openresearch.community/documents/ruimy-anne-et-al-edp-sciences-smai-subscribe-to-open-program-2022-transparency-report-les-ulis-france-edp-sciences

Open Science infrastructures can assist scholarly organizations with the online hosting and library discoverability of digital content in Open Access http://blog.archive.org/2022/05/25/music-library-association-opens-its-publications-at-internet-archive/

For developing countries and emerging markets, Open Science practices, and infrastructures, can facilitate the production of scientific knowledge, remove global and local barriers to the sharing of scholarly results and promote content discovery https://libsense.ren.africa/en/cote-divoire-braces-up-to-implement-unesco-recommendations-on-open-science/

Open Access can make critical scientific information, such as in the fields of healthcare and medicine, permanently available for stakeholder communities at research institutions and beyond https://walledculture.org/during-the-covid-pandemic-some-publishers-didnt-just-fail-libraries-they-exploited-them/

During the COVID-19 pandemic period, academic libraries around the world have been facing challenges related to internal budget pressures, external financial crises, publisher negotiation difficulties and digital book supply-demand discrepancies https://openresearch.community/documents/international-federation-of-library-associations-and-institutions-ifla-how-well-did-copyright-laws-serve-libraries-during-covid-19-research-report-the-hague-den-haag-netherlands-ifla-2022

Recent reports from Springer Nature indicate that in 2021 the usage levels of scholarly articles in Open Access were almost three times higher than those for closed-access, paywall papers https://group.springernature.com/gp/group/media/press-releases/oa-content-up-40-percent-across-springer-nature-tjs/23107468

Article processing charges can deepen inequalities between researchers in low-income countries and their counterparts in high-income ones, which demands multilateral, global, cooperative solutions https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01414-7 

As recent findings suggest, in the scholarly publishing sector, the market forces of supply and demand go hand in hand with the economies of scale, since Open Access journals with higher processing charges also tend to publish less articles and vice versa https://www.the-scientist.com/critic-at-large/opinion-is-open-access-worth-the-cost-70049