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Archive for January, 2011

Are You a Student Passionate about Open Access?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Join the Right to Research Coalition, a student led organization advocating for change in scholarly publishing and promoting barrier free access to research. The Coalition’s website provides information on the existing problem, the high cost of access to academic research.  Subscription costs levied by  commercial publishers are surpassing many educational institutions’ budgets, leaving students without access to key journals in their field of research.  The website provides information on what you can do to advocate for change both as an individual and as a student group / student government.

The student statement on the Right to Research:

Scholarly knowledge is part of the common wealth of humanity.

Learning and inquiry are impeded when scholars lack access to fellow researchers’ work, and when students lack access to the work of scholars before them.

Open Access is an alternative to the traditional closed, subscription-access system of scholarly communication.

We hereby:

Call upon UNIVERSITIES to support Open Access

Call upon GOVERNMENTS AND RESEARCH FUNDERS to support Open Access

Call upon RESEARCHERS to support Open Access

Commit to support Open Access in our activities

We will undertake activities, in our membership and on our campuses, to educate students about Open Access and to engage them in efforts supporting Open Access

Open Access in 2010

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Peter Suber has posted Open Access highlights of 2010 in the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.  Impressive growth in Open Access is demonstrated in funding agency and university mandates for OA publishing and in the growth in green and gold OA publications.   Copyright reform, Creative Commons licensing and digitization projects are also recognized as making significant contributions to OA.   At SFU 2010 marked the introduction of  the Library’s Digitization and OA Funds.