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MIT Faculty share 10,000 articles freely — with an appreciative world

“In the four years since the MIT Faculty adopted their Open Access Policy, the collection housing their open access articles has shown steady growth, and recently topped 10,000 papers. These papers are not simply stored and counted, however. They are read by grateful readers from all around the world. The stories are as varied as they are moving and compelling: the fifth grader acquiring a new insight about planet composition; the high school debater preparing for a competition; the faculty member in the Baltic trying to get quality information to students; the business person working on clean energy; the reader in India frustrated by paywalls.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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Clemson libraries to launch institutional repository, celebrate Open Access week

“Often times, in our rush to publication, we view copyright transfer agreements as simply an administrative hurdle to overcome. We sign these agreements, transferring many, if not all of our rights to our scholarly articles to our publisher. However, a mounting body of research suggests that making our work Open Access —freely available online without subscription restrictions— in any form, increases its impact. With the launch of TigerPrints, Clemson’s institutional repository, members of the university community will now have the infrastructure necessary to openly disseminate their scholarly articles.” (via Clemson University)

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5,400 Images from the Getty Research Institute’s Special Collections Now Available as Open Content

“Imagine being able to pore over a sketchbook by Jacques-Louis David in minute detail, to investigate Mayan, Aztec, and Zapotec ruins in Mexico, or to study the costumes and social mores at Versailles. All of these things are possible with today’s addition to the Open Content Program, which includes 5,400 artwork images from the collections of the Getty Research Institute—bringing the total number of available images to over 10,000.” (via The Getty Iris)

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Generation Gap in Authors Open Access Views and Experience, Reveals Wiley Survey

“John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the results of its 2013 author survey on open access, with over eight thousand respondents from across Wiley’s journal portfolio. The survey is a follow up to Wiley’s 2012 open access author survey and is the second such survey conducted by Wiley. This year new sections were added including research funding and article licenses. Consistencies were seen between the 2012 and 2013 surveys in authors’ desire to publish in a high-quality, respected journal with a good Impact Factor, but the survey also shed light on differences between early career researchers respondents between the ages of 26-44 with less than 15 years of research experience and more established colleagues in their opinions on quality and licenses.  Differences were also seen across funding bodies and in the funding available for open access to different author groups.” (via Wiley)

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Open-access journals confuse contributors as they experiment with peer review models

“Just because scholars who seek to publish in open-access journals are open to new forms of peer review, that doesn’t mean they all see eye-to-eye — or know what to expect. As one sting operation shows, many such journals are unable to reject obviously flawed submissions, even as they promise thorough review processes. Meanwhile, other journals are even criticized for being too much like the traditional publishing they aim to reform.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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