Change Text Size
Email Columns Print page
Columns: The Online newspaper for the University of Georgia community
Show Index
October 15, 2012   Columns Articles | Inside UGA | Libraries will hold discussions about open access publishing
Magnify Burright, Mariann-h.env
Mariann Burright

Libraries will hold discussions about open access publishing

Terry Hastings

Director of Research Communications

Recent and archived articles by Terry Hastings

Office of the Vice President for Research
Office of Research
Work: 706-542-5941
Cell: 706/206-0112
Email:
By Terry Hastings | October 15, 2012
Share    

UGA will join the international research community Oct. 22-28 to celebrate Open Access Week. As part of the observance, discussions will held to build awareness about open access publishing, a means of disseminating scholarly research that overturns the traditional subscription model of academic publishing by enabling scholars to share their works with few or no copyright and financial barriers. 

“Open access is a big idea,” said Mariann Burright, head of science collections and scholarly communication for the UGA Libraries. “We need to consider most of the world’s research still remains locked behind licensing and fee walls exceeding the reach of many institutions and in some cases, many countries.”

Open Access Week provides opportunities for universities, research funders, libraries, nonprofits and businesses to discuss the benefits, milestones and growth opportunities for open access. 

On Oct. 22, Jennifer Campbell-Meier, an assistant professor in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Studies, will discuss findings from a recent survey of USG faculty about their perception of open access publishing and use of digital repositories for teaching and research. The discussion will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

On Oct. 24, William Kretzschmar, UGA’s Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities in the English department, will discuss “Open Access to a Large Digital Humanities Project: The UGA Library and the Linguistic Atlas” from 4-5 p.m. in Room 329 of the Russell Special Collections Building.

On Oct. 26, James M. Donovan, library director and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Law, and Carol A. Watson, director of the Law Library at UGA, will discuss “Increasing Scholarly Impact with Open Access Publishing” from 11 a.m.-noon in Classroom C of the School of Law.

The term “open access” was first coined in 2001 by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, which advocated for the open and free access to research in all fields. In 2008, the National Institutes of Health Public Access Mandate was signed into U.S. law. Under it, researchers receiving NIH grants must deposit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication into PubMed Central, a biomedical research database. PubMed Central gave researchers free and immediate access to research with the potential to accelerate the progress of medical and scientific discoveries, and patients and doctors have groundbreaking research discoveries freely available at their fingertips. 

Although the scientific community, in particular, has led the way in providing scholarly research in the open access environment, it continues to steadily gain momentum across many fields. Today there are more than 1,200 open access journals in the U.S. alone.

Open access has come a long way in 20 years, according to Burright.

“But,” she said, “key questions are continually being explored, such as: How can it be financially sustainable? And how does it work with the promotion and tenure system?” 

Open Access Week events will explore these and other questions. 

More from this issue

  • October 15, 2012

    Slowdown in tax collections leads to budget cuts at UGA

    Another round of budget cuts, called for by Gov. Nathan Deal this summer amid continually disappointing tax revenue collections, led to a 3 percent reduction plan for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal-year budgets. At UGA, that reduction from the state funds currently appropriated for the FY 2013 budget was approximately $11 million. UGA is planning for this cut to continue into next year with this same amount being reduced from its FY 2014 base budget.   Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    The best defense

    Bacteria and archaea are among the smallest forms of life on the planet, but don’t let their size fool you. These simple creatures have persevered for billions of years, thanks in part to a recently discovered immune-like defense system that helps protect them from marauding infectious agents like viruses and plasmids. Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Ecologists to study Sun Belt water sustainability

    Researchers in the Odum School of Ecology will work with colleagues from universities across the U.S. Sun Belt on a study of water sustainability in the face of climate change and population growth. The four-year project, to be led by North Carolina State University, is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Arizona State University and Florida International University also are participating in the study. Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Annual D.W. Brooks Awards presented for excellence in teaching, research, extension

    The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has recognized staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the its teaching, research and extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks Awards.  Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company to visit for residency

    The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, will be in residence Oct. 15-17 at the dance department. Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Accent on Africa

      The university will mark the 25th anniversary of its African Studies Institute with two weeks of events beginning Nov. 1. The celebration will include an international conference, theatrical performances, film screenings, lectures and other events to showcase the richness and diversity of the continent.   Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    New series will examine the science behind obesity

      Visiting professors will discuss the latest ideas about why we eat what we do and why the fat goes where it does as part of a speaker series kicked off this fall by the UGA Obesity Initiative, in partnership with colleges and departments at the university. The series will bring experts from beyond the UGA campus to shed light on the science of obesity.   Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Narrowing the gap

    Degree completion has been a long-standing priority for the University of Georgia, but now the bar on the number of students earning a college degree is being raised.   Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Benefits open enrollment to feature HMO plan, Athens Kaiser option

    UGA will hold open enrollment Oct. 15-Nov. 9, and during that time employees can change or enroll in health, dental or other benefits that will take effect Jan. 1. Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    On the money: Law school fundraiser makes alumni feel proud to give

    For more than a decade Phyllis Cooke has diligently raised money for the School of Law’s annual fund. She’s become so iconic — her name so synonymous with the fundraising effort — that some alumni call it the “Phyllis Fund.” Continue

  • October 15, 2012

    Third National Guard team trains in Tifton to help Afghans

    The mission of the Georgia National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams always has been to help Afghans build a more secure society by improving food security. However over the teams’ past two deployments the methods for completing that mission have changed.  Continue

FOR MORE ONLINE
Columns is produced by the University of Georgia | Division of Marketing & Communications | Feedback