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Open Access is an idea, a movement, and an approach to distributing information and research. Open Access publications make their contents freely available online to all.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are marking Open Access Week with a public awareness campaign. Celebrate with us!

  • Open Access Week website Watch Open Access 101 and "Voices of Open Access" videos; learn some myths about open access; read "Piled Higher and Deeper" comics, and more. Please share the link liberally! http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom/openaccessweek.phtml

  • Public poster campaign
    You will soon see orangey-yellow Open Access posters all over campus. They are aimed at students, researchers, creators, soon-to-be graduates, and everyone else, and are intended to get people thinking about how open access might affect them personally.
    If you spot one of these posters out in the wild, let us know - or better yet, snap a quick picture! - we'll be collecting them to share with others celebrating Open Access Week around the world.

  • Poster your own libraries and departments!
    You can print your own copies of the public posters, or additional posters detailing the NIH Open Access policy, the top 5 Open Access myths, and Open Access publications produced here at the University. Post them in your departments, in staff areas at your libraries, or out in public view!
    All OA Week posters - thumbnails.pdf

Harvard Policy on Open Access

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Harvard adopted a policy in February that requires faculty members to allow the university to make their scholarly articles available free online.
Faculty must provide the Provost’s office with an electronic form of each article, which is then deposited in the Harvard repository.

Read this excerpt from the Chronicle

NIH Mandate

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Final, peer-reviewed manuscripts of all articles arising from NIH-funded research which are accepted for publication on or after April 7th will need be submitted to PubMed Central within 12 months of publication
Three components to the requirement:


  • retaining key rights,
  • depositing your article to NIH,
  • and citing your article.

    Read more about how this mandata may affect your work at the library's Scholarly Communication's site.

Finding Open Access Journals

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Finding a publisher that supports self-posting to repositories and open access to research can be tricky: reading those publisher agreements are boring. So SHERPA has made it easy by rate publishers by the color of their openness: from green (archive the post-print online) to white (no ability to post elsewhere).

Check SHERPA Romeo for a full publisher directory with a database of Publisher Terms/Conditions.

For Journals that are freely available online visit Directory of Open Access Journals E.g., Palaeontologica Electronica is a peer-reviewed, online journal of paleontology.

SCOAP3

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SCOAP3

"Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics", report of the SCOAP3 Working Party.
This report is accessible online at SCOAP3.org.

The participants would like to make five journals open access through the sponsoship of libraries worldwide. THese journals (and their annual prices) are:


  • Jour. of High Energy Phys. ($1,975)
  • Phys. Rev. B ($5,395)
  • Phys. Lett. B ($9,219)
  • Nucl. Phys B ($13,612)
  • European Phys. Jour. C ($6,298)

Additional Journals of consideration:

  • Phys Rev Letters ($4,090)
  • Nucl. Inst. Meth. Phys. Res. A ($14,319)

Should UMN enter into a long-term agreement to subsidize these journals? Tell me what you think: ljohnsto@umn.edu

Author's Rights

You may be aware of trends worldwide to encourage academic authors to retain sufficient rights for “self-archiving? their works either by posting on personal websites or contributing their works to open-access online collections. Some of you may already be adding your work to arXiv.org.

Publishers like the AIP have become reliable partners to this practice, but others have not. This is why the library's have taken action toward transforming scholarly communication . To solicit change we have developed a simple addendum for author's to include with their publication agreements. To learn more, please watch the 6 minute video on author's rights and what is being done at the university.

What can you do?


  • Learn about Author's rights in this short 6 min.video.
  • Download a pfd copy of the Author's Addendum to append to your next publishing agreement.
  • Open the discussion about publishing and author's rights with your colleagues with these questions.

University Digital Conservancy

Since launching the University Digital Conservancy last fall, this online venue for University faculty to deposit and share their works with colleagues in the University community and across the globe has accumulated over 5300 documents and growing.

What is it?


  • A venue for faculty to deposit copies of their works for long-term preservation and open access
  • Centralized, searchable access to institutional digital resources that would have traditionally gone to the University Archives.

What are the Benefits?


  • Free, open access to university digital works
  • Increased visibility of your work through higher rankings in search engines
  • Compliance and accountability for your publicly-funded research
  • Long-term digital preservation (no more broken links!)
  • Full text searching across your body of work
  • Expert consultation on copyright, digital formats, and authors' rights

To find out how to deposit copies of your works for long-term preservation and open access please contact me: ljohnsto@umn.edu

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