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Memorial Libraries supporting Open Access Publishing

By Shannon Gordon

Memorial Libraries support the open access (OA) publishing model which promotes equity of access to scholarly information, and which does not require authors to sign their copyrights away as a condition of publication. Given the approximately 7,000 OA journals in the world, spanning everything from the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, Memorial Libraries is proud to support your OA publishing through these exciting initiatives:

New OA author fund
To support faculty efforts to publish in OA journals, Memorial Libraries have established mem­berships with major OA publishers: Hindawi, BioMed Central (BMC), and Public Library of Science (PLoS). When a Memorial researcher has a paper accepted for publication in one of these peer-reviewed, OA journals, the library will pay the author processing charges. Some OA journals charge author fees in order to recover publication costs. These fees range from $1,500 - $3,000, and are charged to the author when a paper has been accepted for publication. Under the new agreements, the library will be directly invoiced for these fees, so that the payment process becomes completely transparent to the author. The fund is available to all faculty, instructors, staff, and graduate students. Contact igibson@mun.ca or ekalcock@mun.ca for more information.

Research repository
Discover the Research Repository (http://research.library.mun.ca), an OA platform that showcases and preserves Memorial's creative and intellectual output. Faculty can submit work at their discretion, such as article post-prints, data sets, lectures, conference papers, reports and even performances. The repository will support faculty efforts to discover and communicate new knowledge, will improve the visibility of Memorial's research in the global arena, and will help faculty build impressive digital portfolios. All material submitted to the repository will be freely discoverable through Google and other major search engines. Contact lmcgillis@grenfell.mun.ca to create an account.

Creating an OA journal
Memorial Libraries also has an e-journal hosting service (http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/) to support faculty and student OA journal publishing. The service provides support for article submission, peer review workflow, journal layout, reader access, and long-term archiving. Current MUN journals include Analecta Hermeneutica, Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis, Mapping Politics, and at the EDGE. These titles use Creative Commons licensing, which means authors retain the right to re-use and share their work. Better yet, all journal issues are freely available online, and can be easily found using Google. Contact wrodgers@mun.ca to explore.

Workshops
Introductory OA workshops are taking place this fall. Open Access for Health Sciences Research takes place at the Health Sciences Library 1 – 2 p.m. on Oct. 18, with a repeat on Nov. 8. To attend, sign up at www.library.mun.ca/hsl/instruction/workshops.php. Scheduling a customized OA workshop for your department or group is also possible. Contact sgordon@mun.ca to explore workshop options.

Shannon Gordon is the public services librarian at the Health Sciences Library.

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