Open Access Week 2012: How the library supports open access; Find out what you can do

This is the third day of Open Access Week 2012; the celebration started on Sunday.  What is open access? “Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”(1)

Raising awareness about open access is one of my responsibilities as the Scholarly Communication Librarian. That is why Library Services is promoting Open Access Week. Here are additional examples of our open access participation and involvement:

  • Launching, maintaining, and promoting an institutional repository for the City of Hope (COH) community: Currently, the COH publications database provides access to information about COH-authored publications, not the full-text of items. The online system, called Islandora, is setup to allow access to entire publication, but we are not there yet. We need to work with our COH authors so that they retain their copyright to their published work as well as to open it up for reuse and modification by others. Please read this post to get up to date information about our publications database.
  • Help authors learn more about open access options: There are open access journals and traditional publishers that offer open access option on particular journals. Find out more about the over 8,000 OA journals by searching and browsing the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Help authors modify copyright transfer agreements so that they retain their copyright and allow others to build upon it: I’ve helped a few of our faculty, researchers, and clinicians understand and edit copyright transfer agreements. A great tool I use is the Science Commons Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine. Want to learn more about a particular publisher’s copyright transfer agreements? Use SHERPA/RoMEO to find  sample agreements and what they mean for you as an author.

Want to know what you can do to support open access? Take a look at these handouts for specific actions you can take:

Have questions about publishing in open access journals or using an author addendum to modify a copyright transfer agreement? Want to chat about open access? Contact me, Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or Or, leave a comment below.

1. Suber, P. A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access.   Retrieved 2012 October 22, from*Xy93s5Qp6A-*JA2yodkhSUsz1sDj0KrVK0B2R81*yq2ksW5XqVIeiPnSKXxYSraKq-Xfv0rugNYLQclaz/A4handoutAbriefintroOA_Acrobat4.pdf


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