Scholars are on the front lines in the struggle to keep information free and accessible to those without access to well-resourced university libraries. This is a rapidly growing population as publishers consolidate their control of the scholarly publishing industry. Here are resources to help scholars be part of a collective effort to defend the knowledge commons and protect open access to scholarly work for everyone. (The following tips come from presentation by Erin McKiernan-see below)

Support for publishing Open Access

Don't lock up your research!
  • Learn about the creative commons
  • Resources for authors-keep your research accessible
  • Pledge to be open!
  • * I will devote most of my reviewing and publishing efforts to Open Access journals.
    * I will blog my work and post preprints, when possible.
    * I will encourage my colleagues to take a similar pledge.
    * I will encourage my co-authors to publish in Open Access journals.
    * If I am going to 'make it' in science, it has to be on terms I can live with.

Change the Academic Culture
  1. Not to consider journal-based metrics (Journal Impact Factor) in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions
  2. The content of a paper will be weighed more heavily in evaluations than the journal in which it was published
  3. To consider the value and impact of all research outputs

More Resources & Background on Academic Publishing and Open Access

Organizing Tools