Data Pub | Researchers! Make Your Previous Work OA
"For the last two weeks, I’ve been posting on Open Stuff, including Open Access and Open Data, Open Science, Open Notebooks, etc etc. I’m continuing the thread this week with a discussion of how researchers can make most, if not all, of their publications open ... Individuals without institutional affiliations (e.g., between jobs), or who are affiliated with institutions that have no/a poorly funded library (e.g., in 2nd or 3rd world countries), depend on open access articles for keeping up with the scholarly literature. The need for OA isn’t limited to jobless or international folks, though. For proof, one only has to notice that theTwitter community has developed a hash tag around this, #Icanhazpdf (Hat tip to theLolcats phenomenon). Basically, you tweet the name of the article you can’t access and add the hashtag in hopes that someone out in the Twittersphere can help you out and send it to you... Academic libraries must pay exhorbidant fees to provide their patrons (researchers) with access to scholarly publications. The very patrons that need these publications are the ones that provide the content in the form of research articles. Essentially, the researchers are paying for their own work, by proxy via their institution’s library. In response to this, many institutions are enacting Open Access policies. The goal here is to encourage (or mandate) that their faculty provide post-print copies of all publications to an open access institutional repository. MIT and Harvard were among the first to enact such policies. Closer to home, UC San Francisco Academic Senate signed off on an open access policy in May of this year. If you remember from two weeks back, one path to OA is “Green”, i.e. when you put a publication in an OA repository. The publication may or may not have been originally published in an OA journal. How does this work, you ask? Let me demonstrate, using a researcher at the University of California as an example... Researchers: follow these steps to make your work available.  Find out that status of your works’ copyright (use SHERPA/RoMEO)  Identify an appropriate OA repository available to you (use OpenDOAR)  Deposit your works and start sharing..."