October 15th, 2012 by John Carey
In response to escalating journal subscription prices and declining library budgets, many in the research and academic communities are turning to open access publishing as a means of maintaining access to scholarly literature. Open access refers to literature that is online, digital, free of subscription charges, and free of most copyright and permissions barriers. The open access movement has been especially noticeable in the sciences and medicine, as those fields have seen some of the steepest increases in journal prices in recent years.
Since 2006, a group called SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has been organizing an international week-long event every year to promote awareness of open access. For 2012, Open Access Week will take place from October 22nd through October 28th. Here’s a preview of events that SPARC and other institutions will sponsor during this year’s Open Access Week.
Explore these open access resources available from the Hunter libraries (you can also find these listed on the library’s Databases page):
- BioMed Central — publisher of more than 240 open access journals in science, technology, and medicine, and one of the sponsors of Open Access Week 2012
- DOAJ – the Directory of Open Access Journals, now listing 8,283 journals (and counting) in sciences, humanities, and social sciences
- PLOS Journals — Public Library of Science, publisher of seven peer-reviewed open access journals, including PLOS ONE