Open Access Initiatives at UMass
Below we list and describe a number of initiatives that UMass has either initiated locally, or participated in as part of a larger academic community, aimed at increasing open access or more sustainable systems of scholarly communication.
UMass Amherst Faculty Senate
WHEREAS the Faculty Senate has received two Reports from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Impact and Implications of Digital Scholarship [Sen. Doc. Nos. 09-058, and 12-009], and WHEREAS the Faculty Senate [Sen. Doc. No. 07-03 ], on May 10, 2007, endorsed the recommendations of the Research Library Council and encouraged faculty, librarians, staff, and administrators to be supportive of new and innovative models of scholarly communication and utilize these options whenever possible...
UMass Amherst Initiatives
- Open Access Week - Each year the Libraries celebrate Open Access Week, a week in October dedicated to promoting open access to scholarship, and focusing on open access issues and activities.
- ScholarWorks Institutional Repository - Making University of Massachusetts, Amherst, scholarship available open access. Highlights include:
- Arxiv - Arxiv is the physics and math preprint server. UMass was a supporting member in 2013.
- BioMed Central - BMC is an open access biomedical publisher. UMass was an institutional member at the "Supporter" level in 2013, and faculty received a 15% discount on article-processing charges.
- BioOne. BioOne is an effort to establish a sustainable, nonprofit database of biomedical literature. UMass has subscribed to both BioOne1 and BioOne2 in 2013.
- Knowledge Unlatched - KU is a collaborative initiative to publish, open access, scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences. In the first round, 28 new scholarly monographs will be published, and made available on an open access to the world. Contributing institutional cost per monograph is $43, for a total of approximately $1204 per institution. UMass is a contributing member.
- Library Publishing Coalition - The LPC is an organization dedicated to supporting libraries in their publishing initiatives, including open access publishing efforts. UMass is a founding member (inception: 2013).
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) - The NDLTD is a federated database of theses and dissertations. UMass supports the NDLTD with an annual membership fee.
- Open Access Fund - In 2014, UMass is establishing the SOAR Fund (Supporting Open Access Research) to support open access publishing by UMass affiliates. See the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COAPE) for more information about COAPE funds.
- Public Library of Science (PLOS) - PLoS is an open access scientific publisher. UMass has been an institutional member, and faculty got a 10% discount on publication fees. PLoS may be discontinuing the institutional membership program.
- RapidILL - An InterLibrary Loan program, with an "Open Access Journals" ILL supplier. UMass was a fonding member.
- SCOAP3 - The SCOAP3 initiative centrally supports article processing charges for participating journals at no cost for authors. Partners in participating countries contribute in proportion to their scientific output in the field of High-Energy Physics (HEP). See http://scoap3.org for more information. UMass joined in 2013.
- Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - SPARC is a key organization supporting scholarly communication initiatives, such as the Author's Addendum, and general support for open access. UMass is a full member.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - UMass made a significant one-time contribution toward sustaining the open access SEP.
Under review include new proposals for:
- PeerJ - The Libraries are considering membership in PeerJ.
Campus SupportersThis is a selected list of some public statements that UMA, or an institution within UMA, has signed in support of open access.
- Berlin Declaration - The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, does not have a campus-wide "open access mandate". The Senate has endorsed the Berlin Declaration, stating that UMass faculty "should" support open access whenever possible. See Marilyn Billings', Presentation to the Research Council, Nov. 18, 2011 (PDF).
- University Press Director Bruce Wilcox, "Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles", (Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2009; Open Access News, June 3, 2009)
- Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics, Institute for New Economic Thinking (October 2013)
- Open Letter to the Higher Education Community (in support of FASTR), Sept. 16, 2013
- New England Provosts Letter in Support of FRPAA, Sept. 19, 2006
System SupportersThis is a selected list of key developments from sister campuses in the University of Massachusetts system.
- UMass Worcester, Library Guide on Open Access
- Open Access Journals published by sister campuses
- Journal of Feminist Scholarship, UMass Dartmouth
Last Edited: 8 July 2014