Happy Open Access day

Chris Rusbridge points out that at the ARROW day on Tuesday week nobody mentioned Open Access Day.

I knew it was Open Access day when I was preparing my talk, and I meant to mention it but I forgot* as did everyone else, apparently. So happy Open Access day everyone. I hope this doesn’t say anything too significant about the ARROW community. (I do have a theory that because ARROW became involved in a rather drawn out and complex software development and deployment process that there was a tendency to focus on technical matters over policy for some people some of the time and that some of us may have lost sight of why were we doing this in the first place.)

Ironically, I had an approach very shortly after I posted my talk, from the publisher of a toll-access publication, asking if I’d like to work up my talk into a paper. My first response was that yes I am interested. But maybe I should only bother with full OA publishers. [Update: I should have mention that Chris says that that's what he does]

Any advice? Should those of us in this business be making a point of doing everything as full open access (is that gold?)? Green? Some other colour I don’t know about? The terminology in this space is very confusing I don’t even know how to express my question!

[Update: I made a couple of minor edits to this post]


* I did remember that Wednseday was Ride to Work day and mention that in my presentation. I was sorry to miss out on riding (and two breakfasts) in Toowoomba but I didn’t go so far as to bring a bike and take it for a gratuitous ride across the Brisbane CBD.

  • http://www.sennoma.net bill

    My $0.02: if the TA publisher will let you self-archive (especially if they’ll let you use the peer-reviewed postprint) and don’t impose more than a few months’ embargo, why not get the paper out? On the other hand, if they insist on a year’s embargo or won’t allow self-archiving, I think it’s worth telling such publishers to go and get, er, I mean, that you won’t do business with them. :-)

  • http://www.gavinbaker.com/ Gavin Baker

    Hi Peter, here’s a quick answer to your question re: colors. The two main colors to know are green and gold.

    A gold journal is 100% open access from the moment of publication, i.e. the journal itself provides open access (e.g. the PLoS journals).

    A green journal does not provide open access (i.e., it charges a subscription fee) but permits authors to self-archive a copy of their article. In other words, the journal doesn’t provide OA but permits authors to provide OA to their work. The details of the journal’s policy (what the author is allowed to post, when, and where) are the source of the other colors in Sherpa Romeo. Most notably, some journals impose an embargo: authors are allowed to post a copy of their article online for free access, but only after a delay (usually 6 or 12 months after publication).

    If you want to find a gold journal to submit your article to, try the Directory of Open Access Journal’s list of journals in library and information sciences.