2020 sees the thirteenth year of International Open Access Week. As the name suggests, this is a worldwide event, and is seen as an opportunity to engage with people about open access, and remind people of its benefits. This year’s theme is “Open With Purpose: taking action to build structural equity and inclusion”.
CCCU has signed agreements with the publishers Wiley and SAGE to enable researchers at the University to publish their research articles open access. Authors submitting articles for publication in journals in these agreements will have open access fees (usually known as APCs – Author Processing Charges) reduced or waived, depending on the agreement with the publisher. NB: the full waiving of costs only applies to some journals from these publishers – please check with the library (see below) to ensure the journal you want to publish in is covered by this before submitting your article. Costs for open access publishing in the agreements have been met centrally, arranged by Library and Learning Resources via Jisc, the license negotiator for UK higher education. The agreements are known as “transformative” or “read and publish” agreements, as they contribute to the global open access strategy, to transition academic journals to open access.
Background: open access in the humanities and social sciences
- Most humanities and social sciences research output is in the form of monographs, whereas the sciences mainly show their output in the form of journal articles.
- A monograph and a journal article are very different, and therefore have different ‘needs’ in terms of open access.
- Journal articles are usually written quite quickly and have a particular structure; they are written to fulfil a specific objective and are seen as a means to an end.
- However, in the humanities the book (monograph) is the principle research output. These are written over a longer period of time and are longer and less structured.
- The production of the book is the end in itself – its objective is to start a dialogue, not necessarily to provide answers.
The Wellcome Trust is the only UK grant awarding body to have made open access mandatory for monographs.
For this third day of open access-related blog posts, we are looking at how open access can be of benefit to healthcare around the world.
“…it is only through removing the barriers to access to global research that health improvements can be accelerated. Open access delivers free access to millions of research articles for all with internet access regardless or institutional affiliation or national GDP.” (Chan et al, 2009)
“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1944): Article 27, section 1