Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers. In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly.
Publishing services provided by libraries are expanding and professionalizing, suggests a new report released for comment today by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, on behalf of a team of researchers from the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. The report is the result of a year-long study of library publishing services made possible by a collaborative planning grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with additional support from Berkeley Electronic Press and Microsoft Research.
During Open Access Week, the Right to Research Coalition launched two important new resources. The first, an open publishing guide for students, presents young researchers with the ways in which they can make their research openly available for the widest possible readership and lays out the benefits of doing so – both as authors and as readers. The second, a collection of translations of our Open Access Flyer in Arabic, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish, will help students around the world continue to raise awareness of Open Access and demonstrates the Right to Research Coalition's diverse, global membership.
CONTACT: Nick Shockey, SPARC Director of Student Advocacy (nick [at] arl [dot] org)