In concert with libraries and universities worldwide, VCU Libraries marks Open Access Week Oct. 24-30. This global event, now in its fifth year, promotes open access as the new norm in scholarship and research.
Virginia Commonwealth University is one of more than 200 North American members of SPARC and VCU Libraries endeavors to promote faculty and student awareness of copyright retention options and how scholarly work can be published in peer-reviewed journals that allow anyone free access to VCU scholars' work. Through open-access publishing, VCU faculty and students can better share with the world our research and scholarly work.
Recent examples of the VCU community's work with open-access publishing include these.
- VCU Libraries membership in Hindawi Publishing, which enables all VCU faculty a complete waiver of authors' fees when publishing in any of their 300+ peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of academic disciplines. Here is a list of VCU faculty who have recently published in Hindawi journals.
- The VCU Faculty Senate in December, 2010 passed a resolution endorsing open-access publishing, encouraging that "VCU Promotion and Tenure committees should recognize that publication and editorial effort in open access, peer-reviewed journals or republication of peer-reviewed articles in an open access repository offers added value and greater public good than scholarship made only available in expensive journal publications."
- The Center for Teaching Excellence posted a podcast with VCU librarian Dan Ream about peer-reviewed open-access publishing;
- Dr. Jonathan Becker, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, led an October, 2010 CTE Brown Bag Lunch conversation (archived here) entitled "Publishing 2.0:Open Access, Digital Scholarship and Public Intellectualism."
- VCU librarian Dan Ream spoke on copyright retention and open access publishing at the Oct. 11, 2011 VCU Presidential Inauguration Research Lecture Series at the Larrack Center.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. VCU librarian Dan Ream will offer a one-hour presentation on Open-Access Scholarly Publishing for VCU faculty, students, and staff. This event is also open to the general public.
In concert with libraries and universities world-wide, VCU Libraries celebrates Open Access Week from October 24th through 30th. It's a global event, now in its 5th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access publishing is defined best by Peter Suber as scholarly and creative work that is online,
free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or
copyright-holder". Open Access Week is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries' Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Virginia Commonwealth University is one of over 200 North American members of SPARC and VCU Libraries endeavors to promote faculty and student awareness of copyright retention options and how scholarly work can be published in peer-reviewed journals that allow anyone world-wide free access to VCU scholars' work. Through open access publishing, VCU faculty and students can truly engage our community with the benefits of our research and scholarly work.
Recent examples of the VCU community's work with open access publishing have included the following:
VCU Libraries membership in Hindawi Publishing, a rapidly growing academic publisher with more than 300 Open Access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. Thanks to VCU Libraries membership, VCU faculty get a complete waiver of author fees for publishing their work here.