Authors

Slides from Pete Binfield's SPARC webcast on article level metrics

Text of the SPARC Author Addendum, which allows researchers to keep certain rights to their work such as the right to redistribute.

This Guide has been published by the Open Society Institute (OSI) to encourage and assist planners, developers, and potential publishers of new Open Access journals in any field of science and scholarship. It provides a good starting point for those contemplating the launch of a new journal based upon an Open Access business model that provides free availability of research papers. For those who are already in the process of launching an Open Access journal, this Guide provides resources to help ensure that your planning is complete.

When a society journal moves from one publisher to another, a number of points need to be taken into account to ensure a smooth handover. Planning should commence as far ahead of the actual transfer as
possible, to minimise disruption to subscribers. From the perspective of ALPSP members, the key priority must be to ensure uninterrupted access to the content for the scholarly community.

Relationships are changing due to the rise of digital publishing in academia. In order to maximize the value of the research you produce in this new environment, it is important for you to take an active role in managing the copyrights to your work.

In a move to encourage researchers to make their work open to the public, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary established funds that faculty and graduate students could use cover publication charges for open-access journals. Berkeley and Calgary are two of several funds established in recent years, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Oregon, and other sites in the U.K.

Institutions and organizations across the world are leading initiatives to inform authors in all disciplines about their rights and how to retain them. A sample is presented here. To recommend additions to this list, email sparc [at] arl [dot] org.

This page lists alternative publishing options for authors to make their work openly available online.

A variety of resources are available to guide the launch and operation of an open-access journal. To promote awareness of these resources, and to facilitate their efficient use, this section provides a high-level index to these guides by topic.

Digital repositories are typically administered by libraries, which make use of the existing library infrastructure and technology to host the repository and provide support for the academic community.

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