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.
Dr. Colby Moorberg, author of the Soils Laboratory manual, K-State Edition.
Dr. Moorberg is recognized for his work on the Soils Laboratory Manual, an open-source manual used in his AGRON 305 – Soils course. By developing and adopting the manual, K-State students collectively saved $12,400 each semester or $62,000 in total since the fall 2015 semester. (2017)
Dr. Yasmin Patell, Dr. Laura Fox, Dr. Christer Aakeroy, Dr. Paul Smith, and YiFen Li- Chemistry I, I Honors, and II faculty.
The faculty in the Department of Chemistry (Dr. Patell, Dr. Fox, Dr. Aakeroy, Dr. Pal Smith, and YiFen Li) flipped to an OpenStax textbook in 2017 as awardees of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative and are recognized for their efforts. This change resulted in an astonishing $300,000 in student savings each year. (2017)
K-State Department of PhysicsThe Department of Physics is recognized for using online versions of lab manuals from OpenStax for Physics 113 and 114; and Physics 106 has used a free textbook since 2007. (2017)
Dr. James (Jim) Edgar, Department Head and University Distinguished Professor.
Dr. Edgar is recognized for his steadfast commitment to open access for many years. He contributed regularly to the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), K-State’s digital repository. (2017)
Dr. April Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President.
Provost Mason showed continued support of OA since signing the Berlin Declaration, including most recently with financial support for the K-State Open Access Publishing Fund (KOAPF). In 2017, that support had helped over 20 K-State authors publish their articles in OA journals. (2017)
Dr. Rumela Bhadra, Research Associate.
Dr. Bhadra is recognized as having an incredible passion for sharing her work with the world. Not only did she share extensively through her own academic social media profiles, but she was a prolific contributor to K-Rex. In 2017 she played a vital part in bringing the annual reports for K-State’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss into K-REx. (2017)
Dr. Katsura Asano, Division of Biology faculty.
An open access author and awardee for the KOAPF in both FY17 and FY18, Dr. Asano was an outspoken advocate for continued support of the KOAPF and we recognize him for these actions. (2017)
Dr. Suzanne Porath, editor of Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research.
Dr. Porath migrated the Networks journal to NPP in 2017. She has been an outspoken advocate of NPP and OA and has promoted NPP to other journal editors. She also won an award from the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative for EDEL411. (2017)
Dr. Kristy Archuleta, editor in chief of the Journal of Financial Therapy (JFT).
JFT published “Factors Related to Financial Stress among College Students” in August 2014 and as of Fall 2017, the article remains the number one downloaded item on NPP almost every month, reminding us of the importance of open access in student’s success. (2017)
College of Education (COE)- Dr. Debbie Mercer, Dean and COE Faculty.
Dr. Mercer strongly supported open access through the support of a student supported open access journal, Prairie Journal of Educational Research (PJER) to the college-wide e-text initiative. She offered $1,000 awards to her faculty to encourage faculty developed e-texts. (2017)
Graduate Students Collectively hold the most number of items within our institutional repository, K-State Research Exchange (K-REx). (2016)
Thomas H. P. Gould, Former Professor in Mass Communications
First journal editor in K-State’s open access publishing press, New Prairie Press (NPP) for its first journal, theOnline Journal of Rural Research and Policy (2016)
Lori Goodson, Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction Converted all courses to using open/alternative textbooks. (2016)
“Factors Related to Financial Stress among College Students”
One of the single most number of green archive articles within K-REx. (2016)
Andy Bennett, 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. (2016)
Yunjeong Kim, Research Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology Published open access in 2016 with library support. Dr. Kim’s research article on a potential cure for a virus found in cats has been downloaded over 40,000 times. (2016)
Bradley Olson, Assistant Professor in BiologyDr. Olson published open access in 2016 with library support. The article uncovers a link between pathway and first steps toward multicellular organisms. (2016)
K-State Biology 198 ProfessorsMade their textbook, “Principles of Biology,” open to the world. (2016)
Tara Coleman, Web Services Librarian in K-State Libraries Consistently green archived works within K-REx and helped produce and continues use of K-State First Guide to College Student Success. (2016)
Managing Editors ofPrairie Journal of Educational ResearchPublished their first open access issue in 2016.
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.
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