On the 11th of February 2008 the vice-chancellor of SLU signed a policy where SLU scholars are requested to publish their results as Open Access when possible (Dnr SLU ua 11-474/08).
"Open Access in three minutes ":
What is Open Access?
Scientific publishing is considered Open Access when the contents are made permanently available on the Internet, free of charge. Anyone with an internet connection can then read, quote, download and print the scientific articles without fees or other restrictions - even if they don't have the means to pay for expensive subscriptions. This is of great importance to people in the developing world, to the general public and not least to science itself.
How do I make my research Open Access?
Researchers at SLU can contribute to Open Access publishing and at the same time increase the dissemination of their research results in two ways:
- either by publishing in Open Access journals
- or by publishing in a traditional journal and then parallel publishing in an Open Archive.
SLU maintains the Epsilon open archive, an institutional archive for deposition of publications produced at the SLU, such as dissertations, reports, fact sheets, articles, books and conference proceedings.
Why is Open Access important?
- When more people have access to scientific texts, the results can be used in more contexts. Today it is difficult for researchers in developing countries and the general public everywhere to get access to articles published in the traditional way, due to the high subscription costs - something that might not be immediately obvious to people within a university network. It is also of great importance to science itself that information flows as freely and quickly as possible.
- Science funded by government money should be available to all. Most traditional publishers today charge high subscription fees and make huge profits, often on research that has been funded by public means. Since the scientists are made to sign over the copyright of their articles to the publishers, the universities have to pay to get access to research they already paid for once. With Open Access publishing anyone can get access to the research results.
- Your publication is available to be read by a wider audience and is thus likely to get more citations. A majority of studies show that Open Access texts get cited more frequently than texts published in the traditional way. Here's a a bibliography with links to studies.