Category Archives: open access

PeerJ Computer Science

PeerJ logo SQNew journal, just announced: PeerJ Computer Science. Now accepting preprints and  open for peer-reviewed article submissions beginning February 12. Read PeerJ’s blog post to find out why PeerJ feels the time is right to launch a new journal to address the needs of the computer science community.

The Libraries underwrites CMU authors’ lifetime membership in PeerJ to support open access publication in biological, medical—and now, computer—science.



Open Scholarship for Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers

Oaweek2013_blogOctober 22, 4:30-6 pm in the Connan Room, UC. Live computer-based webcast and mobile-device webcast start 15 minutes before the event.

Come hear CMU researchers talk about why and how they make their work available via open access.  Hear the new Dean of Libraries Keith Webster explain why open access is strategic and describe next steps to increase open access to CMU research.

Speakers include Norman Bier—Open Learning Initiative; J. David Creswell—Psychology; Michael Tarr—Center for Neural Basis of Cognition; Veronica Hinman—Biological Sciences; Jelena Kovacevic—Biomedical Engineering; Mary Shaw—Institute for Software Research, SCS; Reinhard Schumacher—Physics; Russell Schwartz—Biological Sciences and SCS.

This is the keynote event in CMU’s celebration of International Open Access Week, October 21-27.

Open Access Q & A at the library

Oaweek2013_blogNext Q & A: Thursday, October 24. Three locations: Hunt, Sorrells and Mellon Institute libraries. Time: 12:30-2 pm.

Bring your questions about open access! What is it? Why is it? How do I do it? One-gig jump drive to the first 25 participants at each location each day. Snacks courtesy of CulinArt.

Part of CMU’s celebration of International Open Access Week, October 21-27.

Scholarly Communications & You

New Scholarly Communications website has the latest on public access mandatesopen accessdata management and copyright – all strategic to CMU’s research and publication.

e-books for 9/11 anniversary

from ebrary:  “In support of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, ebrary is offering open access to a collection of relevant e-books through September. We hope that this collection provides a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event, or reflect on its world impact.”

APS Wikipedia Initiative for coverage of psychological science

In December 2010, the president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) launched a Wikipedia Initiative to encourage APS members and their students to become active participants in Wikipedia and to improve its coverage of psychological science: “It is clear that *Wikipedia* is the general public’s primary source of expert knowledge, including psychological science. Unfortunately, the quality of information about psychological science in *Wikipedia* is uneven and for many of our most central theories, methods and discoveries it says not much that is of interest or importance. To change this state of affairs I am announcing the APS *Wikipedia* Initiative (APSWI) which is aimed at improving the state of knowledge about the discipline.”


STM publishers claim author rights are out of scope …

Universities are increasingly trying to acquire from publishers the right for authors of articles in site licensed subscription journals to deposit manuscript versions of these articles into institutional repositories. The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) recently released a statement opposing this growing practice, calling it out of scope for content licensing negotiations.  STM claims that conflating author rights with content licensing adds complexity and legal uncertainty without benefiting authors. See

Duke University’s Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith provides a cogent analysis at