Supporting Open Access

The biggest way to support open access publishing is to educate yourself on the issues and goals of open access, and discuss those with your collogues and institutions.

Additionally, you can:

  • Make sure you always retain copyright when you publish your work, see the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine.
  • Publish your work in a peer-reviewed open access journal, such as the ones listed on this website.
  • Deposit your pre and post-prints in an open access archive, possibly one created by your institution, or one of the ones listed in this website.
  • Take opportunities to referee a paper or serve on the editorial board for open access journals.
  • Cite peer-reviewed open access material in your own work, where appropriate.
  • Many institutions have open access projects - find out what your institution is doing in this area, and how you can get involved.
  • Create an open access journal in your own area of expertise, see Publishing Open-Access Journals (.pdf) by the Public Library of Science (PLoS.)
  • Create an open access archive if you institution doesn't have one, see SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide (.pdf) by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC.)

There is a huge list of suggestions for supporting Open Access on Peter Suber's What you can do to promote open access page.

Francis Ouellette has written a list of Top 10 things you should do to support the open access of scientific publications. While intended for academic scientists, these ideas allpy equally well to academics in musicology.

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