The results of Canada's Tri-Agency open access policy consultation have been released and are available on their website. Given the impact this policy will have on University of Windsor researchers, I'd like to provide a few comments on the policy and consultation results from a Windsor perspective.
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Predatory publishers who attempt to take financial advantage of academics seeking a home for their research have been a growing concern in the scholarly publishing world. In a recent post from from Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing, the issue predatory publishers and hijacked journals was raised. From the site:
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Speed Reading: Kind of like speed dating, but for book-lovin’ readers! An event hosted in collaboration with Broken City Lab and Leddy Library
Date: Saturday March 1st, 2014 Time: 1:00pm Location: Space behind Williams Cafe, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.
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Similar to the National Institutes of Health open access policy that requires all the research they fund to be made publicly available within 12 months, other federal agencies in the US will soon require the research they fund to be made available open access.
A report from the Netherlands was released discussing the impact of Open Access (OA) Books. The study intended to investigate the impact of OA books on conventional academic book sales.
"Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs."
On May 29-30th 2013 the University of Windsor played host to the International Symposium on Arab Youth: Developmental Pathways for Identity. The conference organizers, Julie Hakim-Larson and Rosanne Menna, have worked with the Leddy Library to help provide access to the posters and presentations from the event. The results are now starting to be made available in the Scholarship at UWindsor institutional repository and can be found at the link below. Take some time to take a look or even explore the contents from other departments on our campus.
A new feature on the library website is a browsable index of our electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks which can be filtered by subject area. If you're looking for reference resources please take a look here for easy online access!