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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
http://www.umass.edu/senate/adhoc/FINAL_RPT_DIGITAL_SCHOLARSHIP_0509_09-058.pdf
and 12-009], and
WHEREAS the Faculty Senate [Sen. Doc. No. 07-035 -
http://www.umass.edu/senate/councils/RLC_resolution_scholarly_publishing.pdf
], 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,

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

UMass Participation in Scholarly Publishing Initiatives
  • 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).
  • 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 SOAR Fund website for information about how to apply. 
  • 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.

Under review include new proposals for:

  • PeerJ - The Libraries are considering membership in PeerJ. 
  • Open Library of Humanities - The Libraries are considering membership in Open Library of Humanities. 
If you know of an open access or sustainable scholarly publishing project of interest, let us know.

Previously supported: 

  • Public Library of Science (PLOS) - PLoS is an open access scientific publisher.  UMass was an institutional member while that program was available.  PLoS discontinued the institutional membership program in 2013. 

Campus Supporters

This is a selected list of some public statements that UMA, or an institution within UMA, has signed in support of open access.

 

System Supporters

This is a selected list of key developments from sister campuses in the University of Massachusetts system. 

 

 

Last Edited: 12 November 2014