ERIC Number: EJ878802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Frame of Reference: Open Access Starts with You
Goetsch, Lori A.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n2 p50 Mar-Apr 2010
Federal legislation now requires the deposit of some taxpayer-funded research in "open-access" repositories--that is, sites where scholarship and research are made freely available over the Internet. The institutions whose faculty produce the research have begun to see the benefit of open-access publication as well. From the perspective of faculty who generate the research and scholarship, open-access policies can be both promising and threatening. In this article, the author offers three tips on how faculty can contribute to the success of the open-access movement. These include: (1) investigate whether an institutional repository exists at one's college or university library; (2) challenge journal editorial boards to rethink their publication models; and (3) initiate a dialog with one's campus colleagues and professional associations about broadening promotion. The author believes that open access helps achieve the fundamental mission of the academy--to disseminate knowledge. By taking these suggested actions, faculty can retake control of their scholarly output.
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Scholarship, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Research Libraries, Government School Relationship, Information Sources, Library Role, Faculty Promotion, Tenure, Criteria, Institutional Cooperation, Financial Support, Information Dissemination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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