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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing @ UNO

This guide explains open access publishing and how UNO scholars can recieve funding to support OA

What's in This Guide?

The purpose of this guide is to help the University of Nebraska Omaha community explore and understand new models of scholarly publishing. The guide provides information on the open access in the scholarly communication cycle and the ways the UNO participates.

Open Access Fund

To encourage the University community to publish their research in open access platforms, the Criss Library has established a fund to finance payment of article processing fees for UNO authors who wish to publish in open access journals or open access articles in hybrid journals. Open access funds demonstrate an institution’s support for new and innovative research publishing models. The Open Access Fund is available for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Goals of the program

  • Support for UNO affiliated authors who wish to publish open access
  • Support for transition to a more sustainable scholarly publishing model
  • Greater equality of access to information
  • Greater visibility and accessibility of UNO scholarship
  • Encouragement of authors to retain rights to their work

Why is Open Access Important?

What is Open Access?

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) defines "open access" as follows:

By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

In addition to benefiting consumers of scholarly information, open access also benefits scholars, increasing the visibility, influence, and potential benefit of their research. It helps redress global inequity of access to scholarship by dismantling cost barriers to research dissemination. And it returns research results more swiftly and readily to the public, who provide much of the funding for scholarly work.

For definitions of frequently used open access terms, take a look at the Open Access Glossary.

License

This guide has been created by the University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library and is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.