October 19-25, 2015 is Open Access Week with the theme ‘Open for collaboration’.
One of the most noted advocates of Open Access (OA), Peter Suber, identifies open access literature as ‘digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions’. Read his A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access to see a quick clear guide to the OA publishing avenues available for research outputs.
There are many facets to Open Access which have influenced the current state of scholarly publishing amongst them being the rise of OA journals, repositories and archives which have generated Gold, Green and Hybrid models of publishing each with their own particular benefits. You may know about [email protected], the University’s own OA Green model archive which houses journals, image galleries and full text documents.
You may also have heard of Creative Commons Licences which form a part of a legal framework that enables digital scholarly work to be free to share while protecting the moral rights of the author (Quatermass). These licences have been created to assist both creators and users of digital material and are becoming increasingly used and re-used.
There is a broad misconception that everything on the internet is free and open but this is not necessarily the case. The ability to ascertain the ‘Openness’ of a digital work, that is the extent to which an article or image can be accessed free of charge and re-used, is important and so in OA week Creative Commons Australia has launched a Know your rights table which assists in quickly identifying how open a work really is when you see a CC licence and how you can use the content.
To find out more about Open Access and Scholarly Publishing see the Guide available on the Library Services website and visit the Australasian Open Access Support Group website for more OA Week information and activities.
It’s a good week to discover Open Access and become an advocate too.