Open Access at Bath

We support open access publication at the University of Bath

Topic: Publishers

SPARC Author Addendum

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📥  Open Access, Publishers

Way back in 2006, SPARC put out their 'Author Addendum', a 'legal instrument that modifies the publisher's agreement' for the author to assert various copyrights.

Basically it's a document that is attached to the copyright form usually received by authors that outlines modifications that the author wishes to make.


1. Complete the addendum.
2. Print a copy of the addendum and attach it to your publishing agreement.
3. Note in a cover letter to your publisher that you have included an addendum to the agreement.
4. Mail the addendum with your publishing agreement and a cover letter to your publisher.


Open access for humanities and social sciences

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📥  Open Access, Publishers

Today the University of Bath launches the Institute for Policy Research.  We hope the new Institute's research will be made open access.  There are a lot of new publishing models engaging with the discipline specific challenges of open access for humanities and social sciences.  Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:

OAPEN - a quality controlled collection of open access academic books in humanites and social sciences.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH) - an aspiring non-profit, peer reviewed open access mega journal for the humanities.

Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory - two more up and coming peer reviewed open access mega journals notable for their low article processing charge (APC) of  £120 +VAT.


What’s your publisher offering?

📥  Open Access, Publishers, RCUK

Publishers have a key role to play in enabling authors to make their work open access.   This is a hot topic for authors obliged to meet funder requirements such as the RCUK’s open access policy.

Have you heard from any publishers recently about changes to their open access options and policies?  If so, we’d love to hear from you.  So far I’ve seen a real mix, including:

  • Elsevier and IEEE now offer CC-BY licencing for gold open access
  • ACM have introduced a new ‘gold’ open access publishing option and still support green open access
  • Sage have removed their 12 month embargo period for green open access
  • Conversely, Springer have introduced a 12 month embargo period for green open access

Please email to let us know what the journals you publish with or edit for are offering.


Unethical Open Access Publishers


📥  Open Access, Publishers

This article from Nature circulated the email list of a science department recently:
Predatory publishers are corrupting open access
The author of this article on predatory open access publishers is Jeffery Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver.
Unfortunately he has found a necessary niche. He maintains a list of publishers to watch out for, based on these criteria.

If authors receive emails soliciting publications, and are not sure about the publisher we'd like to know please, and help if we can. We have had instances of PhD students receiving invitations to have their theses published as books. This is potentially a great opportunity, and good for the ego/career, but a little investigation into the publisher's reputation (for any sort of publication, not just OA articles) has always been the sensible route.


OA causes journal cancellations

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📥  Library, Open Access, Publishers, Repositories, Uncategorized

No, it doesn't. Library budget cuts cause journal cancellations. Journal price increases cause journal cancellations. Changing user needs and usage cause journal cancellations.

However the myth of OA causing journal cancellations keeps coming up again. I saw it tweeted this morning.

Back in 2006 there was an ALPSP report on factors for librarians in determining journal cancellations. Last year, a report by the ALPSP and Publishers Associatiion claimed that a six month embargo would cause a significant increase in journal cancellations by libraries across disciplines. The Times Higher Ed picked this up, with the sensational headline 'Open access will bankrupt us, publishers’ report claims'.

Please read the Q&A post on Richard Poynder's blog with the ALPSP Chief Executive Audrey McCulloch.
Specifically note the point made that journal cancellations (as noted in the 2006 Ware report) by librarians would be made first and foremost on the basis of relevance, usage and price, in consultation with faculty.
At this point I wonder if actually, double dipping from Gold OA in subscription journals might actually bankrupt Libraries, the RCUK and Universities. That's probably another blog post.