Open Access

Why Your Contribution Matters

Why would you want to support Open Access?  SPARC answers:

"We engage and invest in research in order to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encourage innovation, enrich education, and stimulate the economy — to improve the public good. Communication of the results of research is an essential component of the research process; research can only advance by sharing the results, and the value of an investment in research is only maximized through wide use of its results.  Yet, too often, because of cost barriers or use restrictions, research results are not available to the full community of potential users."

Get Involved!

Set an example: Choose Open Access outlets to publish your own work whenever possible and contribute to a disciplinary repository or an institutional repository such as ScholarWorks@UARK. 

Raise awareness:  In conversations with faculty and students, explain how Open Access can raise the visibility and impact of their research. Encourage authors to publish their work in Open Access journals and to place their work in an Open Access repository. Remind colleagues about the University of Arkansas Open Access Policy.

Support events on campus: During International Open Access Week, publicize and participate in events sponsored by University Libraries. 

[Adapted from the SPARC Open Access Fact Sheet]

Give Back!

Faculty, Take Action!

Check out Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives's tips on What Faculty Can Do to Promote Open Access.

Here listed are some quick tips from the source above:

  1. Submit your research articles to OA journals, ... [especially] OA journals in your field.
  2. You can deposit your preprints in an Open-Access, OAI-compliant archive such as Open Archives Initiative.
  3. Deposit your postprints in an Open-Access repository.
  4. Deposit your data files in an OA archive along with the articles built on them. Whenever possible, link to the data files from the articles, and vice versa, so that readers of one know where to find the other.
  5. When asked to referee a paper or serve on the editorial board for an OA journal, accept the invitation.
  6. If you are an editor of a toll-access journal, then start an in-house discussion about converting to OA, experimenting with OA, letting authors retain copyright, abolishing the Ingelfinger rule, or declaring independence (quitting and launching an OA journal to serve the same research niche).
  7. Volunteer to serve on your university’s committee to evaluate faculty for promotion and tenure. Make sure the committee is using criteria that, at the very least, do not penalize faculty for publishing in peer- reviewed OA journals. At best, adjust the criteria to give faculty an incentive to provide OA to their peer-reviewed research articles and preprints, either through OAjournals or OA archives.
  8. See how other learned societies support OA.
  9. Work with your professional societies to make sure they understand OA. Persuade the organization to make its own journals OA, endorse OA for other journals in the field, and support OA eprint archiving by all scholars in the field.
  10. Write opinion pieces (articles, journal editorials, newspapers op-eds, letters to the editor, discussion forum postings) advancing the cause of OA.
  11. Educate the next generation of scientists and scholars about OA.

Students, Take Action!

Check out our Research Guide for Open Education Resources.