We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings. The American Library Association reminds everyone that:
- Open access refers to both digital repositories and scholarly journals.
- Repositories are not limited to institutional repositories. They can be organized by topic, by discipline, and by collaboration as well.
- Although scholarly publication most often refers to text publication in the form of journal articles, open access is not necessarily limited to text media.
- Like traditional journal publications, open-access journals can and should be peer-reviewed.
- Traditionally published materials may still be deposited in an open-access digital repository if the author’s copyright has been sufficiently preserved rather than signed over to the publisher.
- The open-access movement is a quickly advancing area of interest for librarians, and being informed means staying informed. Keeping up-to-date is important.
- Academics are not the only people who benefit from open-access scholarly communication. Everyone benefits, including libraries and the public.
- Federal taxes fund federal research, including research done by grant recipients.
Librarians can support the open-access movement in many ways:
- Plan workshops for faculty about why open access is important to them and what they should know when publishing.
- Advocate for the inclusion of open-access journals in the pool of publications used when evaluating for tenure.
- Educate public library users on how open-access issues impact their ability to access pertinent information, particularly medical and other scientific information.
- Encourage the use of open-access repositories and journals by including them in our electronic resources, LibGuides and other local information sources.
- Promote the copyright rights of authors by educating faculty on negotiating with publishers regarding the deposit of published articles in digital repositories for access and preservation.
- Avoid looking at open access as a “technology issue.” Open access is as much an information freedom issue, and librarians outside of digital collections, scholarly communications and IT departments are needed to engage with stakeholders, both representing their interests to the library and educating them about open-access issues.
- Subscribe to discussion lists and use RSS feeds to remain abreast of changes and advancements in the open-access movement.
- Learn about the relationship between open access and copyright.
- Remind patrons that if they pay federal taxes, they have funded federal research, including research conducted by federal grant recipients.