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Paul Royster

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Presentation delivered at American Society of Parasitologists, The 90th Annual Meeting June 26, 2015, Grand Ballroom D, Omaha Hilton, Omaha, Nebraska.


Copyright (as applicable) 2015 Paul Royster. Re-use permitted.


What’s happening in publishing … … since the arrival of digital?

Technologically, work has become • easier to produce • easier to share • easier to disseminate worldwide

Practically, however, work has become : • concentrated in hands of fewer publishers • harder to get (legally) • more expensive •less circulated

Therefore: The Open Access Movement

Disclaimer: • I am not an apostle for Open Access • I believe in public access, not necessarily OpenAccess

What’s the difference?
Open access* = license to re-use, re-post, re-distribute, re-combine, re-work, revise, etc. [*Budapest definition]
Public access = right to read, download, and store for free (but not to re-distribute)

Open Access: How it happens

Public Access: How it happens

Subscription publishers who allow public posting of their pdf’s:

Subscription publishers who allow public posting of authors’ revised MS:

Free public posting permitted for:
1.Publisher version, within 12 months = 25%
2. Author MS version, within 12 months = 50%
3. Author MS version, more than 12 months 10%
4. No free public access* 15% [*Present ASP policy]

If your article derives from NIH-funded research It must be deposited in PubMed Central for public access within 12 months ... … whether your publisher allows it or not.

If an author is a US federal government employee … • U.S. government works are not subject to copyright • They are immediately “public domain” and can be re-used and reposted without limitations

When you sign over your copyright, the assignee can keep your work totally locked up for: • the rest of your life • plus 70 years after you die

So, when will copyrights expire on this year’s articles ? In the year 2125 !!

What happens to public access articles? They get downloaded and distributed worldwide

Self-deposit will double your visits (on average)

Does it hurt subscription revenue ? • There is no evidence that it does. • Libraries need immediate and 100% coverage, not sporadic and haphazard postings. They will not cancel. • Public access increases visibility, citations, and impact.

Then why not allow it ?

Publishing opportunities • Repositories can increase research impact exponentially • Institutions (or societies) can sponsor low investment journals: no paper, no postage, no inventory, no paywalls, free hosting • Journals can publish with fast turn-around; no waiting for enough articles to make a full issue

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