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OA Week Spotlight: Dr. Kathy Draeger

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In celebration of Open Access Week and in light of the 2022 theme, "Open for Climate Justice", we are excited to share a series of interviews with UMN faculty who work at the intersection...
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OA Week Spotlight: Dr. Peter Neff

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In celebration of Open Access Week and in light of the 2022 theme, "Open for Climate Justice", we are excited to share a series of interviews with UMN faculty who work at the intersection...
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AgEcon Search as a Climate Justice Resource

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This post was authored by Julie Kelly, Linda Eells, and Shannon Farrell Climate researchers who are looking for studies on the economic aspects of their topics have a rich resource in AgEcon Search, the open...
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OA Week Spotlight: Dr. Randal Barnes

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In celebration of Open Access Week and in light of the 2022 theme, "Open for Climate Justice," we are excited to share a series of interviews with UMN faculty who work at the intersection...
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OA Week Spotlight: Dr. Melissa Kenney

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In celebration of Open Access Week and in light of the 2022 theme, "Open for Climate Justice", we are excited to share a series of interviews with UMN faculty who work at the intersection...
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Open Access Week 2022

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Happy Open Access Week 2022!  Each year, researchers, librarians, publishers, and students across the globe come together to spotlight the importance of open access to research. By making scientific research openly accessible, it increases its...
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New agreement offers another open access publishing opportunity for UMN scholars

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There are many ways to make your scholarly work openly accessible. The Libraries supports open access (OA) publishing because it makes research freely available to readers around the world. In addition to the avenues listed below, the Libraries is pleased to announce a new opportunity for UMN scholars. We are piloting a new model of funding open access publishing that eliminates author fees for a significant number of publications from across the university.
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‘Predatory publisher’: A Boogeyman in the Open Access world

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“Aren’t open access journals ‘predatory’?” is a concern we hear a lot in the Libraries. For years, open access publications have been labeled as “predatory” by various researchers, in editorials, and even by librarians. For many faculty, this term has confused the matter of open access and impeded our progress toward a more open publishing system.
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UNESCO support for Open Science

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Open Science is all about opening up all aspects of research: publications, data, physical samples, and software to everyone, anywhere in the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sees open science as a tool for reducing inequalities within and between countries. The General Conference of UNESCO adopted the Recommendation on Open Science at its 41st session on Nov. 23, 2021.
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Towards Open Access at the University of Minnesota Libraries

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The University of Minnesota Libraries is committed to an open and diverse scholarly publishing system. We prioritize initiatives and publishing models that enable the University’s research to be freely available as a public good. Our statement, Towards Open Access at the University of Minnesota, outlines the principles and actions we stand by in our commitment to building a more open and equitable publishing system.
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Open Access Week Workshops

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The University Libraries is getting ready to celebrate Open Access Week 2021! This year’s theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” We’ll be sharing information here throughout the week of October 25, but you can plan ahead by registering for one of our workshops.
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New open access publications from the Libraries

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We're excited to share the latest set of open access publications from Libraries Publishing — everything from gardening to English music to a guide to good reasoning.
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Opening up open access

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There are clear benefits to publishing open access, including increased reach and impact. Yet publishers often require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make their articles open access. Now there's help to avoid or reduce these fees.
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Giving child development research away: Intentionally free, open, and accessible worldwide

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Social Sciences Librarian Amy Riegelman interviews Professor Gail Ferguson, Director of the Culture and Family Life Lab, in theCollege of Education and Human Development, about why she chose to publish in an open access journal.
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Evidence-based practice and open access

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One of the reasons people advocate for open access publishing is the idea that the article will receive more citations — and thus the author will be able to show a greater scholarly impact. Three University of Minnesota librarians decided to investigate whether the evidence supported this idea. They ended up winning a Medical Library Association Award for their work.
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Open Access in the classroom

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The phrase “Open Access” refers to published scholarly research — often shorter form articles or papers, but also longer form open monographs. By contrast, the phrase “Open Educational Resources” tends to be used to refer to open textbooks and other course materials like question banks, handouts, or worksheets.

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