Celebrate Open Access Week with the Campus Library

2015 International Open Access Week runs from today through October 25, and to celebrate, we’ll be posting new content throughout the week. Stay tuned!

Check out our previous entries for a refresher on OA and information about UW’s OA resources and recent faculty actions:


Coming soon! The new UWB open access journal – Interdisciplinarities

Our new UWB research journal, Interdisciplinarities, is an ongoing, collaborative process that seeks to highlight the superior research conducted by UWB students, and to provide space for comparing, analyzing, and generally thinking about the ways research and knowledge production intersect.  Our mission is to publish research on a broad range of topics spanning all disciplines, levels of analysis, and national contexts.  With collaboration from the Writing and Communication Center, the Journal offers an opportunity for students (both authors and members of the editorial board) to hone their writing skills and emerge and more effective writers.

The first issue is expected out in Spring 2016.  The call for submissions will be issued in Winter.   More on this to come!

UW Faculty Senate Resolution on Open Access

The University of Washington Faculty Senate has adopted a resolution on Open Access. The resolution:

  • states the value of open access research and open access to published articles
  • describes the UW’s institutional repository, ResearchWorks, which is hosted by the UW Libraries
  • requests that the Provost direct the Vice Provost of Digital Initiatives, Dean of the University Libraries, to develop an Open Access policy to recommend to the University

The resolution says,

“…dissemination of academic research by deposit of authors’ copies of published articles in Open Access repositories … is associated with increases in the impact, visibility and use of that research”

Read the complete resolution here.

UW Faculty Senate and Increasing the Visibility of UW Scholarship

We wanted to share with you all an excellent presentation made to the UW Faculty Senate Executive Committee on a possible proposal to strengthen the UW’s commitment to open access publishing.  This is coming out of the Faculty Senate Council on Research, with significant involvement by the Libraries.

Increasing the Visibility of UW Scholarship. Open Access for journal articles at UW by Juliya Ziskina, Ben Marwick, Tim Jewell, Mel DeSart, and Thom Deardorff

This is building on the recent Open Access resolution passed by the UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate:


And a 2009 Senate Resolution Concerning Scholarly Publishing Alternatives and Authors’ Rights:  http://www.lib.washington.edu/scholpub/actions/openaccessresolution/view


Introducing ResearchWorks, UW’s Open Access Institutional Repository


The ResearchWorks Archive is the University of Washington’s open access institutional repository. Hosted by the UW Libraries, ResearchWorks provides a permanent online storage space for research and scholarship produced by University of Washington faculty and researchers. ResearchWorks depository services are available to all UW faculty and researchers, and content in ResearchWorks is open and accessible to anyone.

ResearchWorks features:

  • Trusted institutional repository
  • Permanent digital file storage and accessibility
  • Persistent DOI for every digital object in the repository
  • Compatible with most digital file formats, including text files, images, datasets, video, and audio files
  • Available to all UW faculty and researchers

What ResearchWorks can do for you:

  • Provide permanent storage for your articles, datasets, and other scholarship and research. Assemble all of your scholarship in a single place and know it will be preserved and backed up.
  • Provide persistent links to your articles, datasets, and other scholarship and research. Share and embed links with confidence, knowing they will not change
  • Expose your scholarship to a wider audience through Google Scholar. All ResearchWorks content is indexed by Google Scholar
  • Add your scholarship to UW Bothell ResearchWorks collections and the collections of the UW departments and communities you choose

To learn more about ResearchWorks, visit our Digital Collections & Services guide, http://libguides.uwb.edu/digitalcollections/archiving, or contact Denise Hattwig, Curator, dhattwig@uw.edu, or Sarah Leadley, Director, sleadley@uw.edu.

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Understanding Your Author Rights, Part Two

In the previous post, we discussed the importance of understanding, retaining, and exercising your author rights when you’re publishing your work. But what about your earlier publications? If you’re unsure which rights the publisher permitted you to retain and/or can’t find a copy of your Author Agreement or Copyright Transfer Agreement, the following resources may help.

 Finding Information Online

RoMEO, managed by SHERPA services out of the UK, is “a searchable database of publisher’s policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.” (RoMEO FAQ). You can search by a journal’s title, ISSN, or publisher to find information regarding the journal’s open access options and self-archiving policies, the key information included in the publisher’s boilerplate Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA). RoMEO entries often include publisher contact information.

RoMEO’s data also powers other services such as http://rchive.it/.   Like RoMEO, searching for a journal or publisher will yield information regarding OA and self-archiving policies, but adds explanatory and contextual information designed to assist authors in understanding the fine print.

Contacting the Publisher Directly

In our experience, most publishers are very responsive when it comes to answering authors’ questions regarding permissible uses of their work. While few may be willing to alter a CTA post-publication, it’s not unheard of for specific requests to be honored on a case-by-case basis.

If RoMEO doesn’t include a journal or provide the publisher’s contact information, Ulrichsweb is a good next step. The online directory includes all available contact information for the over 300,000 journals and serials indexed.

If you need additional assistance, we’re here to help! Contact Sarah Leadley, sleadley@uwb.edu, with your questions.

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Understanding Your Author Rights, Part One

After the years-long process of proposing the project, collecting the data, analyzing the data, and positing conclusions, you are finally ready to share your findings with the world. But do you know what rights you have to your work, before, during, and after you submit your research for publication?

Before Publication

Even if you have yet to make your research public, it is protected under copyright. This gives you, the creator, the exclusive right to distribute, reproduce, perform and/or display publicly, and modify your work.

During Publication

Once accepted for publication, publishers routinely ask you to sign a Publication or Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA). These are often boilerplate CTAs that ask authors to sign over their copyright wholesale. This could create barriers if you want to:

  • Use sections of your research in later works;
  • Distribute copies of your article to colleagues or students; and/or
  • Upload your article to a personal or institutional website
  • SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) provides an overview here:  http://www.sparc.arl.org/resources/authors/addendum

The good news: CTAs are, in fact, negotiable, as publishers technically do not need the full copyright in order to legally publish your work. The publisher needs:

  • The non-exclusive right to publish, distribute, and receive financial return from your article;
  • To receive attribution as the journal of first publication; and
  • Permission to migrate your article to any future formats and include in collections.

With those rights granted, you retain:

  • The right to re-use and build on your work without restrictions;
  • The ability to increase access, shareability, and citations by sharing your work online; and
  • Your attribution and citation rights as the author.

A simple way to negotiate your rights is to fill out and attach the SPARC Author Addendum (http://www.sparc.arl.org/sites/default/files/Access-Reuse_Addendum.pdf) to the CTA provided by your publisher.   Even if the publisher does not sign the addendum, publication of your article represents tacit acceptance of addendum terms.

After Publication

Depending on the specifics of your CTA, you can archive a pre-, post-, or publisher’s version of your article in ResearchWorks, University of Washington’s online institutional repository. Doing so will increase access to and visibility of your work and provide you with a permanent, stable URL to your article.

If you need additional assistance, we’re here to help! Contact Sarah Leadley, sleadley@uwb.edu, with your questions.

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Why Open Access?

We engage and invest in research in order to encourage innovation and creativity, enrich education, and accelerate the pace of discovery.  Communication of the results of research is an essential component of the research process, and enabling broad, unfettered access to new knowledge plays a key role in ensuring that the scholarly publishing system supports the needs of scholars and the academic enterprise as a whole.

Yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions, research results are often not available to the full community of potential users.  The Internet gives us the opportunity to bring this information to a worldwide audience at virtually no marginal cost and allows us to use it in new, innovative ways. This has resulted in a new framework: Open Access.

What is open access and why does it matter?  Materials published in an open access journal or digital repository are available online to anyone anywhere for download and use without restrictions or payment by the user.  There are many benefits to a system of open access scholarship:

  • Research is more accessible and useable.
  • Articles published open access may be cited more and be more influential than those that have not.
  • Institutions that support research – from public and private research funders to higher education institutions – are implementing policies that encourage (and in some instances require) researchers to make research generated from their funding openly accessible to and fully useable by the public.
  • Researchers have access to scholarship regardless of institutional affiliation.
  • Students have access to scholarship after they graduate.
  • Scholarly conversations are advanced through broader participation.
  • Creative work and new discoveries are encouraged as scholars can build on open research.

In April 2009, the UW Faculty Senate approved a resolution encouraging faculty to publish in “moderately priced journals, in journals published by professional societies and associations, or in peer-reviewed ‘open access’ journals,” and to archive their work in open access repositories.

Benefits of Open Access by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown, http://aoasg.org.au/. CC-BY

Benefits of Open Access by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown, http://aoasg.org.au/. CC-BY


In the coming months, we’ll be sharing further information about University of Washington’s institutional repository, ResearchWorks, understanding your author rights, and more! Please feel free to contact Sarah Leadley, sleadley@uwb.edu, with your questions.

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