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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - February 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

Libraries Delivers New Open Access and Sustainable Scholarship Opportunities

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies is advancing its commitment to providing world-class sustainable scholarship through a new collaboration with fellow Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries, three new open access publishing partnerships, and a new, donor-led fund dedicated to expanding open access opportunities.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance recently announced the launch of its BIG Collection, an integrated user experience of networked collections across participating Big Ten academic research libraries. As part of this collective, Purdue Libraries and its peers will offer users access to significantly more titles than they each subscribe to individually.

Libraries also is proud to announce a trio of new open access publishing partnerships with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Cambridge University Press, and Public Library of Science (PLOS). Purdue authors interested in corresponding journals can now retain copyright and publish their research via open access, immediately and without embargoes, at no cost. The Cambridge University Press and PLOS agreements were made possible through the collective bargaining of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. All three partnerships increase the reach of Purdue-authored research and support the University’s land-grant mission to serve the greater community by expanding access to high-quality scholarly content. Interested authors can read more about the new partnerships here.

The new open access publishing agreements align with Purdue Libraries’ ongoing commitment to making access to high-quality scholarship more economically sustainable at Purdue, according to Beth McNeil, Dean of Libraries and the Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science. “The benefits of open access publishing are numerous for both author and audience, but the associated cost often prevents authors from being able to take part, even when they agree with open access in principle,” McNeil said. “Our new partnerships with ACM, Cambridge University Press, and PLOS will create greater opportunities for researchers and authors from most campus disciplines to choose cost-free open access options and work with us to help make scholarship more equitable, now and into the future.”

In order to further develop the area of open access publishing, Libraries is announcing the creation of the Open Access Investment Fund for Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies. Made possible through an endowment by generous supporters, the new fund will support future open access initiatives and the Libraries’ commitment to fostering an affordable, open, sustainable and transparent system of scholarly research.

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