LACUNY Institute 2005
Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Payers and Players
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Institutional Repositories

Organizations and initiatives, news, free journals, etc.

Budapest Open Access Initiative

"The Budapest Open Access Initiative arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on December 1-2, 2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet."

Directory of Open Access Journals

"The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact." From the arts to physics to agriculture, the directory offers journals on a wide variety of subjects.

Nature, the famous scientific journal offers a forum on open access. "The main aim of this forum is to bring some of the substance of this motion of Internet issues to a broader grassroots audience and debate the implications for the future dissemination of scientific information."

Open Access Bibliography

Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals is the massive work of Professor Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development at the University of Houston. The bibliography presents over 1,300 selected English-language resources from books, to conference papers, opinion pieces, articles, reports of all kinds, and much more. Most sources are post-1999.

Open Access News

Peter Suber, a research professor at Earlham College, uses his blog to track open access issues across all types of literature, from library journals to mainstream magazines like Wired. Suber also does a public service in reminding his readers which journals are available for free online. Open Access News has also done a nice job of tracking some of the unexpected implications of the open access issue, like if RSS feeds can be considered open access and to what extent?

Open Source

Open Source is the concept of programmers sharing software code and developing it collaboratively. Ideally, bugs are caught and fixed quicker and improvements evolve faster because of the number of people working on the project. The Open Source movement could be a model for scholarly communication. This site is a great place to start learning about the Open Source philosophy. It also has a news feed that provides links to articles dealing with current Open Source issues. While Open Source and Open Access are two different ideas, the growing success of Open Source software and platforms could justify the need for more Open Access scholarly works. Open Source has proven the value of knowledge being shared as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.

Professional Scholarly Publishing

The official Web site of the Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing division. The site includes news and promotional materials that explain the open access issue from the publishers’ side. They also provide extensive links to individual publishers’ sites commenting on and critiquing open access. Rather interestingly, the site provides full-text access to the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Bulletin going back to Summer 2000.


"The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations. The coalition was an initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) started in 1997 to be a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system. These dysfunctions have reduced dissemination of scholarship and crippled libraries. SPARC serves as a catalyst for action, helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use in a networked digital environment while responding to the needs of academe." News, conference presentations, articles, and newsletters are available on the site.

Yale University Library — Ann Shumelda Okerson's Website

Professor Okerson is the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services at Yale University. This page brings together diverse presentations on Open Access, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication in general.

Conference and Open Access News