Not All Open Access is Created Equal

I didn’t know much about open access prior to my tenure at the University of Michigan – and even once arriving here, the reason I learned as much as I did was through the efforts of amazing on-campus organizations such as Open.Michigan and their efforts at education and awareness. That backstory out of the way, I’m fully aware that unless you happen to seek this information out, a lot of the minute details (let alone the big-picture concepts) of open access can remain hazy.

That’s why I was so excited to learn about the draft publication – a concise flyer, really – A Guide to Understanding the Core Components of OA (pictured below).

open access guide
Draft of A Guide to Understanding the Core Elements of OA

The guide is a collaboration between the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association to “provide an easily understandable,  comprehensive, and quantifiable resource to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies.” Read the full statement on SPARC’s blog.

This trio is aiming to have the document finalized by Open Access Week (October 22-28th, 2012), and in the true spirit of the cause, is asking for public input! Read the draft document (I found the chart on the bottom to be particularly enlightening) and send in your comments here. A plea to those new to open access – you’re probably the most important audience here, so send in your thoughts!! Is anything unclear, can anything be better articulated? Share your thoughts!

Comments close at 5 pm (EST) on Monday, October 8, 2012. 


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