Searching for research funders’ policies?

Sherpa JulietSherpa Juliet is the registry of open access policies from research funders worldwide.

This service provides information on funders’ open access policies for researchers wishing to check the requirements of their grants. Juliet is widely recognised as part of the essential support infrastructure of the open access environment and is part of a suite of open access services produced and maintained by the Centre for Research Communications, which also includes RoMEO and OpenDOAR.

RoMEO service lists the publishers’ copyright transfer agreements and and self-archiving policies.

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

The JULIET service is developed and maintained by the Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham (http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/) and is currently funded by JISC via UK RepositoryNet+ (http://www.repositorynet.ac.uk/).

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Your Story Matters

YourStoryMattersDASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard) is a central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community. It is the University’s central service for sharing and preserving work. DASH is operated as an effort to provide access to Harvard’s scholarship, as well as enhance the discoverability and the impact of the authors’ works.

DASH is now launching Your Story Matters, a collection of hundreds of short testimonials of how free access to Harvard researchers’ publications has helped people from all over the world, from  high-school teachers to TV producers and parents of autistic children, do their jobs more efficiently.

Free research on the Web: 27 million documents

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A 2013 European Commission report found that, among new papers being published, perhaps half are now free. Further, a 2014 study published in PLoS One, “The Number of Scholarly Documents on the Public Web,” has used computer science techniques to estimate the total amount of research knowledge available on the Web. 

Key findings:

As of 2013, when the scientists used algorithms to make their estimates, there were at least 114 million English-language studies available on the Web.

Of these 114 million, 27 million were open access — meaning that about one-quarter of online research knowledge in the English-speaking world is now free to the public on the Web.

There were significant differences in the availability of papers across disciplines. Some of the disciplines connected with the most profitable industries had the highest percentages of open papers: 50% for computer science; 42% for business and economics; 35% each for geosciences and physics.

It is also true that material and agricultural sciences and engineering all were estimated to have only 12% of their papers open to the public.

By contrast, only 19% of social science studies were found to be open access.

The authors note that academic research, open access or not, is not uniformly available on all search engines. For example, at the time of the study, Google Scholar indexed approximately 100 million of the 114 million studies available on the Web — 87%, therefore it would be useful for researchers to consider as a standard practice querying multiple databases and academic search engines.

Source: Massive and growing volume of free research on the Web: 27 million documents and counting / Journalist’s Resource (Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center)

Science Direct : how to find Open access articles ?

You may not have noticed, (as you have to admit,  it is well hidden !) that you can search for open access academic journals, archibes and articles from the Science Direct search page .

Open Access ? What is it ?

Open Access (or free access) offers online digital content which can be available for free (Creative Commons licences, etc..), or subjected to rights relating to intellectual property.

Open access mainly includes peer reviewed academic publications.

Elsevier and Open Access Program

All articles published in Elsevier open access journals are peer reviewed and upon acceptance will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

Authors who want to make their publications free to access and download can publish their research in academic journals, some of which are available on Science Direct.

How to access these journals articles?

From the home page of Science Direct, click the “Search” tab to display the advanced search criteria

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Enter your search criteria and select the “Open Access Articles” option before clicking the « Search” button

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Click on the article title to view its detailed instructions including the abstract, keywords, references and full-text link that will redirect you to the platform where it is hosted.

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Et voilà 😉