## Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 8th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Around Open Access Week there are always many announcements, videos, thoughtful blog posts, etc. I'm including a selection of some of my favorites. You can find many more throughout the year via the Open Access Tracking project on twitter, email, Google+, RSS, etc.
## "More than half of all peer-reviewed research articles published from 2007 to 2012 are now free to download somewhere on the Internet, according to a report produced for the European Commission, published October 22, 2014" Nature News blog post!
- - It looks like this prediction (which I was very skeptical about) has been met (sort of) : "At the moment, the best estimate is that by 2017 or 2018, approximately 50% of all journal articles in that year will be published as “born open access.” Cited by Peter Binfield in Binfield, Peter, Carly Strasser, and Nicole Allen. "Updates from the field Three experts provide a scholarly communication progress report." College & Research Libraries News 75.9 (2014): 516-519. [The forecast came originally from a 2012 paper by David Lewis.]
- - The reason I say the prediction is only "sort of" fulfilled is that being freely available 3-24 months after publication is different from "born open access," but it's still an exciting statistic.
## New version of the Open Access Button launches with new features: The relaunched Open Access Button is designed "to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research...When a user searches for a research article, the Button app first checks for a free copy, and if one isn't available, it automatically employs a number of novel strategies to make one available including contacting the author. Users also have the option to share why they are seeking a particular article, which creates an interactive map of people who need research around the world." Personally I run into "paywalls" fairly often even though I work at Washington University where we have very rich access to databases, ejournals and ebooks. I am interested to see how the new features work, especially the plan to email authors of toll-access articles when free versions are not found on the web. If authors are emailed, this should increase their awareness about an audience for their work that does not have access. [So far in my testing, the emails haven't happened.]
For WU authors who receive OA Button emails: we are happy to add freely available versions of your publications, whenever possible, into WU's Open Scholarship. Just contact your subject librarian to begin the process.
## Reusing Open Access materials on Wikimedia projects Nice short Vimeo video featured in Free as in Open Access and Wikipedia on DeepLinks blog from Electronic Frontier Foundation.
## The Field Book Project: Increasing Access to Researchers' Fieldbooks This announcement was for American Archives Month rather than OA Week, but it is an example of free content being added regularly by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Washington University Libraries is an Affiliate Member of the BHL. The Art of Science is another fascinating collection at BHL; more information.
## Open access to survey of 30,000 authors by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan. Key findings from the survey include:
- 1 in 5 (20%) science authors and 1 in 10 (12%) HSS authors do not know if their main funder requires them to publish open access
- A significant number of authors are unaware of the requirements of even the largest OA funders with long-established mandates.
- For example, 17% of Wellcome Trust and 25% of NIH-funded authors do not know if their funders have OA requirements
- 40% of science authors and 54% of HSS authors who have not published open access say that ‘I am concerned about perceptions of the quality of OA publications’
I was especially disappointed that 25% of the NIH-funded authors surveyed did not know about the NIH Public Access Policy. Communication about compliance is clearly an unmet challenge as we are entering an era where many more federal funders are developing similar requirements!
## Attention! A study of open access vs non-open access articles Study and data also available at: DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1213690 is an interesting study of attention (that is, twitter, etc., not more formal citation) given to open access vs non-open-access articles in one journal, Nature Communications, which included both OA and non-OA at the time. Nature Communications is now fully open access. Since most folks agree that journal impact factor is NOT the right way to measure the impact of articles [see DORA for more on that], we are hungry to understand what other measures might mean.
## Many universities and organizations celebrate Open Access Week by hosting speakers, webinars, or exhibits, and announcing new services and documents. Here are a few highlights:
- I thought IUPUI's OA scavenger hunt was very innovative - check it out!.
- Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication has launched an Open Access playlist, primarily short videos of Harvard faculty talking about how open access works for their scholarship.
- Culture change in academia: Making sharing the new norm, CC-BY (fully reusable and modifiable) slide set from researcher, Erin McKiernan
- Open Access 101 CC-BY slide set and 1-hour webcast archive (preparation event for OpenCon2014 in November)
- Open Education 101 1-hour webcast archive (preparation event for OpenCon2014 in November)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation Open Access Week 2014 Wrap Up: Posts, Pictures, and Parties
## Two WU specific announcements:
- As of October 1, more than 41,000 records (including over 3500 from Washington University) have been aggregated from Missouri cultural heritage organizations and are now live through the Digital Public Library of America
- We've begun an Open Textbooks resource guide to help faculty explore available open textbooks and the rapidly growing domain of open educational resources
## The cost of Open Access. Criticism of the article-processing-charge economic model of open access article publishing from Chief Editor at EMBO. "One fundamental characteristic of Article Publication Charge (APC)-based models is that a journal’s income is directly proportional to the number of papers it publishes. This is not a big issue for journals with limited editorial and production overheads and high acceptance rates, but it is a serious issue for highly selective journals..."
## And finally enjoy these photo caption winners from Knowledge Unlatched meme competition. I laughed out loud at the predatory open waffles!