You can watch an archived webcast of our April 25 faculty forum here:
On March 9, 2011, the UNT Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly to support the UNT Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works.Work on the policy began in 2010 with the establishment of an Open Access Policy Committee. The Committee developed drafts of the policy document, revised with input from faculty members, Faculty Senators, external reviewers, and others. Faculty Senate approval is a major milestone in the process of adopting and approving this policy as an official UNT policy.
Some key aspects of the policy:
"The SCOAP3 proposal is a valuable opportunity to create a viable alternative to the status quo in scholarly publishing for one entire discipline. It aims to reach consensus among all stakeholders on a new model for publishing in high-energy physics, and establish market equilibrium. The proposal is currently supported by ~100 U.S. libraries, either directly or through consortia, and by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, on behalf of all Canadian libraries, as well as libraries, consortia and funding agencies in 18 other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia."
From SCOAP3's April 12 news entry:
On April 6th 2011 representatives from institutions in the global SCOAP3 partnership convened to assess the progress of this Open Access initiative.
Large publishers in the field, APS, Elsevier, IOPp, SISSA and Springer, shared their opinions on the SCOAP3 model and their intention to participate in a SCOAP3 tender aiming to convert to Open Access the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field, conditional on reassurances concerning the long-term sustainability of SCOAP3. SCOAP3 partners reaffirmed the importance of a mutual understanding with the publishing industry on price reduction of large subscription packages for partner libraries in countries that are part of the initiative. All presentations, transcripts and videos are available on the SCOAP3 web site.
An event especially for--but not exclusive to--faculty active in professional societies and publishing
The University of Minnesota Libraries present
Sustainable Models for Society Publications:
Faculty Talking to Faculty
Monday, April 25th • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
Refreshments will be served
A. Townsend PetersonSpecial Guest Speaker, A. Townsend Peterson
University Distinguished Professor
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
The University of Kansas, Lawrence
Three faculty members from the University of Minnesota from across disciplines will participate in the forum. The panelists will give short presentations on their current societies and publishing models as well as serve as respondents to the special guest speaker's presentation.
The three faculty panelists include:
A recent trend with professional societies is to outsource publication functions to commercial publishers. A few challenges result from this trend -- Libraries with static budgets cannot afford the price increases that accompany the shift to commercial publishers, while societies may see increased revenue they are losing readership.
Professional associations site publications as benefits of membership. Restricting access to society publications to members-only inhibits the option of the scholarly journals becoming part of the open access model for scholarly communications.
Reserve your seat now!
(registration requested by Monday, April 18)