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

By Mary Jane Chew

Libraries committed to open scholarship through open opportunities

This week Purdue University is joining scholarly communities around the globe in celebrating International Open Access Week. Open Access refers to the free, immediate, online availability of scholarly works, including rights to re-use that content. Open Access works are free from paywall restrictions or pay-to-read requirements for libraries and individuals. However, while open access works are free to read, they are not free to publish. Author fees associated with open access publishing often create an impassable barrier for many interested researchers.

Here at Purdue, Libraries continues their commitment to open scholarship by helping Boilermaker authors and researchers overcome these barriers by providing funds for author fees, as well as building new relationships with publishers that allow free Open Access publishing for Purdue scholars:

Open Access Publishing Fund

Libraries has established the Open Access Publishing Fund to help offset the costs of publishing in Open Access journals. Any current Purdue University faculty member, researcher, post-doc, staff, or graduate student who do not have available funds that can be used for open access charges may apply for funding of up to $2000 per article to pay for APCs. Complete details, as well as a link to apply are available here.

Open Access Publishing Partnerships

As announced earlier this year, Libraries has also established several new publishing partnerships that allow Purdue authors to publish using Open Access options. Publishing partnerships with Cambridge University Press, Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Association for Computing Machinery allow Purdue authors the option of retaining copyright and publishing their articles immediately open access, without embargos. Learn more about these partnerships and how to participate here.

If you would like to learn more about Open Access at Purdue, please contact Nina Collins, scholarly publishing specialist, at nkcollins@purdue.edu