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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: OA News, Research, and Advocacy

A guide to open access resources for WPUNJ faculty.

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Organizations Researching and Advocating Open Access

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. More about SPARC is available here.

Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Administered by SPARC, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient groups, physicians, researchers, educational institutions, publishers, and health promotion organizations that support barrier-free access to taxpayer-funded research.

Create Change
Create Change is an educational initiative that examines new opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide the course of change. Create Change was developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and is supported by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Open Access Network
The Open Access Network (OAN) is made up of committed individuals, organizations, societies, publishers, libraries, and institutions working together to Make Knowledge Public. Its plan is to tackle head-on the challenge of OA business models beginning with disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The OAN provides a broad and transformative solution for sustainable OA publishing and archiving that is complementary, not competitive, with other OA funding approaches. The OAN was co-founded by Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg, Principals at K|N Consultants, a US registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides strategic and operational guidance to academic institutions, libraries, scholarly societies, and other mission-driven organizations.

Open Data Foundation (ODaF)
The Open Data Foundation (ODaF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption of global metadata standards and the development of open-source solutions promoting the use of statistical data. It focuses on improving data and metadata accessibility and overall quality in support of research, policy making, and transparency, in the fields of economics, finance, healthcare, education, labor, social science, technology, agriculture, development, and the environment.

Public Knowledge Project
The Public Knowledge Project is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Among its many projects for supporting open scholarly communication are the software tools Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems.

Right to Research Coalition
The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access. Its work is centered around two major program areas: (1) To advocate for policies at the campus and national level that promote Open Access by requiring that research results be made freely available in a timely manner; and (2) To educate the next generation of scholars and researchers about Open Access so open publishing becomes the new norm.


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