26 April 2011

New look for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has launched a new interface. It is now even easier to navigate around DOAJ to find open access journals and related information.

The 'About' section gives clear definitions on the journals included in the directory:

"Open Access Journal: We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition [1] of "open access" we take the right of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory. [1] http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm#openaccess

Quality Control: The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included."

The statistics section shows that journals are being added to the directory at a rate of over 100 a month. In total there are now 6436 journals listed, with over 500 based in the UK.

For anyone thinking of setting up an open access journal, there is a really useful resource: Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing 

13 April 2011

Authors rights to deposit in repositories

The UK Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG) have made a statement supporting the rights of authors to deposit a copy of their published work in repositories. "Do you know your publishing rights?" is a response to recent changes in the policies of some publishers.

If authors want to investigate how to retain certain rights, the JISC/SURF Copyright toolbox provides practical suggestions.

OAIG: http://www.open-access.org.uk
"The aim of the UK Open Access Implementation Group is to add value to the work of the member organisations to increase the rate at which the outputs from UK research are available on OA terms."

11 April 2011

New report on OA models from RIN

The Research Information Network has just released a new report analysing various possible scenarios for how open access might be achieved.

Heading for the open road:costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications investigates models including 'Green' open access (archiving in repositories); 'Gold' open access (open acess journals which usually charge publication fees); licensing and transactional options, and concludes with key implications for national policy-making.

1 April 2011

Significant new Open Access journals

Several announcements have appeared over the last few months introducing new, completely open access journals from major publishers. It would appear that publishers are recognising the need to change business models, and while there is still uncertainty over how funding streams will work to pay for open access publishing fees, the moves should have significant impact on access to quality research outputs.

Announcements include:
SAGE open
Nature's Scientific Reports
BMJ Open

As Peter Suber notes in his monthly newsletter, this represents a 'watershed' for Open Access.

Most publishers will also continue or extend their options to make individual articles open access in their standard journals, for example see the statement from IEEE