Friday, May 29, 2009

Open Access in Humanities and Social Sciences - survey

Introduction in German but click on the button and survey is in English:
This survey deals with open access publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is specifically targeted at academics and researchers in these fields. It is part of the OAPEN project (Open Access Publishing in European Networks ( This project is conducted by a group of European academic publishers and universities and intends to develop an open access publication platform for academic books in the aforementioned disciplines. OAPEN wants to contribute to accessibility, impact and relevance of European research in those fields. We work in the interest of the academia and cannot do without the views, opinions and experiences of scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The results of this survey will be part of a broader report on user preferences to be published as part of the OAPEN project.

Friday, May 22, 2009

PhysMath Central & Open Access

An introduction to the open access features of PhysMath Central, presented at the INSPIRE meeting at FermiLab in May 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Research of Barrington Medal winning UCD economist in UCD IR

The Council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland under the auspices of the Barrington Trust (founded in 1836 at the bequest of John Barrington) has awarded UCD economist Dr Liam Delaney the 2009/2010 Barrington Prize in recognition of his promising new research in the economic and social sciences.

His research, some of it in full text, can be located in the UCD Institutional Repository

Friday, May 15, 2009

First humanities department OA mandate in the world

On Wednesday, May 14th, by unanimous vote, the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon adopted an Open Access mandate (text below). This mandate is the first (according to ROAR) such mandate in the world by any Department in the Humanities and the 3rd in Oregon (after OSU Library faculty and UO Library faculty). It is distinguished by the stipulation that URLs of self-archived postprints are to be included in all materials submitted to the Department for purposes of review and promotion.

Reported by Peter Suber on OA News blog

Many subscription journals have an OA option

Many key subscription journal publishers provide an Open Access option where your research will be globally viewable on payment of an up-front fee. SHERPA project maintains this handy summary guide.