Status of ITS resources
Open Access Week is a global event that promotes the benefits of Open Access publishing to inspire wider participation for academic and research communities. This is important because:
The average costs of journals are rising and yearly subscriptions can range from $1,000 - $20,000 per year.
It helps to spread knowledge and allow others to build on that knowledge. If you can’t access it, you can’t use it.
Open Access helps reduce duplication in publicly funded research.
In 2016 we dedicated our local celebration to Thomas H.P. Gould, former editor of the Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, who passed away February 2016.
In response to the discovery that the Ebola virus outbreak may have been prevented from open access to this research and the recent virus outbreak spreading, dozens of leading journals and funding agencies have released content containing Zika research open access.
Richard Wilder, Associate General Counsel for the Gates Foundation, during the 2016 SPARC MORE conference stated “As we have tried to drive to more openness and sharing of published materials and data, we have been able to draw in a wider range of actors into our work and make available to them the grist for the mill….and as we drive forward with open access to data, I think we are going to see even more evidence of that.” (SPARC 2016). The Gates foundation has emerged with an open access policy requiring immediate release of grant funded publications and underlying data. The foundation has committed to paying necessary fees associated with this to ensure compliance. Going forward the foundation will focus on health, including ending the malaria epidemic and reducing preventable deaths in children under five.
K-State Open Access All Stars
Graduate StudentsCollectively hold the most number of items within our institutional repository, K-State Research Exchange (K-REx).
Thomas H. P. Gould, Former Professor in Mass CommunicationsFirst journal editor in K-State’s open access publishing press, New Prairie Press (NPP) for its first journal, the Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy
Lori Goodson, Assistant Professor in Curriculum and InstructionConverted all courses to using open/alternative textbooks.
Michael Dikeman, Professor in Animal Science and IndustryOne of the single most number of green archive articles within K-REx.
Andy Bennet, Professor in Mathematics, and Brian Lindshield, Associate Professor in Nutritional SciencesSupporting open/alternative course adoptions since 2013 and both use open/alternative resources in their own courses.
Yunjeong Kim, Research Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Medicine and PathobiologyPublished open access in 2016 with library support. Her research article on a potential cure for a virus found in cats has been downloaded over 40,000 times.
Bradley Olson, Assistant Professor in BiologyPublished open access in 2016 with library support. The article uncovers a link between pathway and first steps toward multicellular organisms.
K-State Biology 198 ProfessorsMade their textbook, Principles of Biology, open to the world.
Tara Coleman, Web Services Librarian in K-State LibrariesConsistently green archived works within K-REx and helped produce and continues use of K-State First Guide to College Student Success.
Managing Editors of Prairie Journal of Educational Research Published their first open access issue in 2016.
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