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!
Digital file sharing has undoubtedly altered the landscape of music distribution. However, similar changes have not occurred within the realm of academic publishing. What might be dubbed as academic piracy was rarely heard of until the recent death of Aaron Swartz. Before his death Swartz was facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence for allegedly unlawfully downloading roughly 4 million journal articles from JSTOR.
The University of Windsor and Leddy Library are excited to announce the launch of the Scholarship at UWindsor Institutional Repository. Scholarship at UWindsor is created with and maintained through the use of BePress's Digital Commons software service. Digital commons is now the leading hosted institutional repository and is used by several institutions in Canada.
Scholarly communication and academic publishing are quickly evolving and these developments are transforming the way we share research and scholarship. The Open Access movement has gained momentum and online electronic publishing is generating new avenues for communication. These changes have created opportunities for universities to increase access to the results research, develop and publish their own journals and monographs, and to share their raw data in order to enable new research.
Original Article from Nature
"After six years of negotiation, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is now close to ensuring that nearly all particle-physics articles — about 7,000 publications last year — are made immediately free on journal websites."
While issues related to academic publishing and open access have been quietly churning away for many years now, these issues have started to surface more publicly since the recent boycott of the academic publish Elsevier this spring and the push in the UK to support wider access to publicly funded research.