Open Access Publishing & Library Services

Over the past five years, Open Access (OA) publishing has been gaining much ground as a new norm in scholarship and research.  OA facilitates scholarly research and communication by making research and data both accessible and usable, with fewer or no restrictions compared to traditional publishing platforms. New federal mandates are now in place that require public access to federally funded research. Academic institutions, libraries, research funding agencies, scholars and the public are increasingly backing this shift towards OA.  Cornell University Library is too, with a multitude of resources, services and support to facilitate the sharing of work in an open access environment. These include:   

  • Our newest tool, the CUL guide to open access publishing, which provides comprehensive information about OA resources available to Cornell scholars, including information about finding quality OA journals in the life and social sciences; 
  • Digital repositories, such as eCommons and DigitalCommons@ILR, which provide an institutional platform for open access storage and archiving of Cornell research; 
  • The Research Data Management Services Group, which provides consultations and guidance documents to help you find the right place to archive and organize your data for sharing with other researchers.  
  • For questions about copyright, the Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) can advise on questions related to the protection of your intellectual property in an OA environment.  They can also assist with digitization, digital publishing and effective use of metadata to make your collections and work more accessible and searchable.
  • The Cornell Open Access Publishing Fund, a pilot project co-funded with the University Provost’s office to help support scholars cover the cost of authors fees often associated with digital publishing with OA journals.   

Open Access publishing is almost certain to become an ever more robust publishing option for researchers over the near and long term.  The Library’s OA-related resources aim to support Cornell faculty and student exploration of emergent OA trends and venues. We welcome your interest!

The above article was originally prepared in conjunction with Open Access Week, which was celebrated in October 2013 to help raise awareness about the different ways that open access publishing can benefit research efforts and enrich present and future collaborations. As noted in the original article, two special library events were also held during Open Access Week 2014:    A session on avoiding fake publishers on Monday, 10/21 for researchers hoping to publish in OA journals, and an informal “Digital Scholarship” coffee hour discussion on the changing dynamics of intellectual property in the new information economies, held on Thursday, 1:30-2:30 in Olin 702.  

For more information about the global OA movement, please visit the Open Access Week website.