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Open Access @ Purdue

Oa in Context
What does Open Access mean for the Purdue Community?
Resources at Purdue

OA in Context

To better understand the current status of Open Access at Purdue it’s important to understand the context of Open Access, as well as the history of Open Access at Purdue. Below is information that will help you to better understand Open Access and its history at Purdue.

  • The Open Access movement is a response to instability in the scholarly communication system. That system describes the flow from creation to consumption and preservation of both formal and informal forms of scholarly communication—from published books and peer-reviewed articles, to working papers, conference proceedings, technical reports and more.
  • The scholarly communication system's instability is due to a confluence of forces:
    • ongoing market pressures over the last 20-40 years as scholarly publishing, in particular, moved from a generally non-profit endeavor to a for-profit one;
    • the advent of the Internet and associated technologies making it technically easier to share with the entire world any bit of information, whether formal or informal;
    • cultural pressures from various stakeholders, especially taxpayers who fund the research endeavor wondering why they are left out at the end of the cycle;
    • growing interdisciplinarity and collaboration across economic and socio/cultural borders to scholars and citizens around the world who wouldn’t otherwise have had access to these materials.
  • Stakeholders in this system are numerous and include:
    • the authors/researchers that create the scholarship and need to consume it;
    • the public that funds the research and sends their children to school;
    • state and federal agencies that use taxpayer money to fund research institutions;
    • publishers of various types that traditionally have disseminated and coordinated the publishing of the work;
    • scholarly societies that represent the interests and needs of the scholarly community.
  • If this Scholarly Communication system is like a set of interlocking canals, where the flow of scholarship happens from creator, to publisher, to reader, to preserver/archivist, copyright, and pricing policies by publishers and other disseminators of the scholarship are the locks between different parts of the system, either allowing for open and unfettered flow of the scholarship to readers or restricting access.
  • The Open Access movement with its varied manifestations (open access scholarly journals, open access policies by university faculty, by funders or by university administrators) attempts to create a work-around for what has become a slow, inefficient and some might argue unjustly restrictive access.
  • The copyright holders (generally the publisher—not author) have historically controlled the access, sharing and conditions under which access and sharing can happen—historically with ever-growing price points. Only those that can pay can access the scholarship. Open Access is a direct response to this.
  • For an in-depth overview of open access please see Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview. His brief book, Open Access is also an excellent primer.
  • For more on faculty-initiated open access policies see, Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies. Interested in learning more or making YOUR scholarship open access? Please see the getting started page. Would you like someone to come and speak to your faculty or department about the benefits of OA? Please contact dscherer@purdue.edu. Additional reading on Open Access, related copyright issues, and open access policies see:

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What does Open Access mean for the Purdue Community?

In January 2012 the Purdue University Senate voted to recommend that the University adopt an open access policy like those of over 25 US universities. After discussions with senior administrators and deans of the schools and colleges it was felt that additional conversations with faculty would be important to secure collective interest and support for an open access policy.

In spring 2010, Purdue’s academic senate approved the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Author Addendum, for voluntary use by faculty wishing to retain their rights when working with commercial publishers. The Author Addendum is a document that can be attached to publishing contracts, allowing scholars and researchers to retain their rights to their work for teaching and research purposes. Some universities, such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Kansas have taken further steps and adopted open access mandates.

Faculty at these universities retain their rights to their scholarship when they are signing publishing contracts, so that they can deposit their scholarship into open access repositories at their universities, such as Purdue’s e-Pubs, or post it on their personal websites. Retaining your rights before publishing has also become increasingly important due to federal granting agencies requirements for deposit of scholarship and/or data resulting from funded research. National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation both have requirements:

NIH Policy Compliance
NSF data management plan mandate

The White House has also come out with its own requirements for publicly funded research. In February of 2013 the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), released a directive on public access to federally funded research and data. The directive has asked that each agency that funds over $100 million in annual research and development to create a plan to support increased public access to the research results that they fund.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research

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Resources at Purdue

HathiTrust – A digital library of more than 9 million books, manuscripts, and government documents, digitized from library collections. The mission of HathiTrust is “to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge”. At Purdue, full-text items HathiTrust items in the public domain are now accessible from the Libraries catalog.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation – The Committee on Institutional Cooperation is keenly interested in scholarly communication issues and provides information relevant to CIC schools, including the Authors Copyright Contract Addendum.

Purdue University Press – The scholarly publishing unit for Purdue and publishes in several key areas, including business, technology, health, veterinary medicine, and other selected disciplines.

Purdue e-Pubs – a digital document repository including e-books, papers, reports, dissertations, journal articles, and other documents by Purdue authors. Purdue e-Pubs is a repository for Purdue faculty, staff, and student publications, and provides online publishing support for the Purdue community.

BioMed Central – Publisher of 220 peer-reviewed open access journals. BioMed Central provides free, full text access to all original research papers published in any of its online journals covering all areas of biology and medicine, including new journals added over time. Purdue has an institutional membership to BioMed Central, which qualifies all researchers at Purdue a 15% discount on article processing charges.

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) – An international alliance of libraries working to change the scholarly publishing system.

Open Access Week is a global celebration to raise awareness of open access in scholarship and research. Purdue has celebrated Open Access since 2007, with visiting speakers, panels of Purdue faculty, and informational displays.

Past Open Access Week events:   [ 2011 ]  |  [ 2010 ]  |  [ 2009 ]

Leadership in Open Access Award

Purdue began to celebrate and honor local contributions to open access in 2010, with the first Leadership in Open Access Award. The Award was created to reflect the priorities of the CIC and to recognize outstanding leadership in scholarly communication at Purdue. Explore past recipients.

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