Open Access Initiatives @ The University of Kansas

Here are some of the exciting new initiatives being offered by the University of Kansas Libraries to the University of Kansas (KU) community in order to open access to scholarship globally and to our own published work. 

  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – KU Libraries is a subscriber to ECS Plus, a program that allows KU faculty to publish their articles in ECS journals (Journal of the Electrochemical Society and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology) as Open Access with no charge to the author. There are no limits on the number of papers that can be published in any given subscription year. Find out more.
  • Open Library of HumanitiesKU Libraries is now a contributor to the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a peer-reviewed gold open access platform for the humanities that aims to provide free online access to scholarship, including the OLH mega-journal (a new trans-disciplinary space for humanities work) and five other journals, which will launch in September 2015.As a gold open access publisher, the OLH operates via funding from an international library consortium and does not require fees from the authors whose work it publishes. For more about KU Libraries' participation in OLH, see: KU Libraries joins Open Library of Humanities.
  • Open Book Publishers - KU Libraries recently joined the library membership program established by Open Book Publishers (OBP), a non-profit organized by academics in Cambridge (UK) to publish rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access monographs. Membership allows KU Libraries to provide free ebook downloads (pdf, epub and mobi) and discounted prices for print versions of all OBP titles to faculty, staff and students. Currently, the OBP catalog includes 58 titles in the humanities and social sciences, with at least 12 new titles expected to be published during the next year. As a member of the program, KU Libraries joins sixteen other leading research libraries in the United States (including Princeton, Yale, and Purdue) as well as a number in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information about OBP, including a list of available titles, see:
  • arXiv - The University of Kansas is now a supporting member of arXiv, an open access digital archive of over 1 million scientific e-prints that has been online since 1991.  arXiv hosts scholarship and research results from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics that are heavily used by members of the KU community.
  • Open Access Network - KU is the first institutional supporting member, at the Benefactor level, of the Open Access Network, an initiative by K|N Consultants.  The Open Access Network offers "a model for open access (OA) publishing that offers a scalable, fair, responsive, and discipline-independent solution that can be applied to the entire scholarly communication ecosystem in an incremental fashion, rolled out at both small and large scale."  The model is detailed in the white paper “A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access Publishing and Archiving for Humanities and Social Sciences.”
  • Independent Voices - The University of Kansas Libraries is now participating as a funding library for the Independent Voices project, "a collection that chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press."  Kenneth Spencer Research Library is contributing materials from the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements to the project.   As a funding library, KU Libraries has access to the materials now; the collection will be publicly available two years after the project is completed.  The current timeline for open access to the collection is January, 2019. 
  • University of Kansas Libraries signs the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. This international declaration promoting open access ties the increase in access to information to sustainable development projects globally. Drafted by the International Federation of Library Associations, the declaration supports positive developments of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) -- The University of Kansas is now a supporting member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ has become one of several key international sources of information about the new publishing model for peer-reviewed scholarly research—open access journals. In 2014, under new leadership, the DOAJ project underwent significant revisions and vetting of its criteria for inclusion.  KU has been a long-time user of this resource and supports the more rigorous criteria and review before a new journal is added to its database. In order to support the ongoing nonprofit efforts, KU became a supporting member in the Fall of 2014.
  • Cogitatio -- The University of Kansas has established a membership with Cogitatio, the publisher of three open access journals in the humanities: Media and Communication, Politics and Government, and Social Inclusion.  This institutional membership allows KU authors (faculty or graduate students with a or email account) to have the author fees waived if a paper is accepted for publication. KU will pay the fee for up to two KU authored papers per year with this publisher. A respected member of the KU faculty is on the editorial board for one of the journals.  More information.
  • Taking Control of Your Research Visibility workshops -- In collaboration with humanities faculty member and departmental chair Marc L. Greenberg, the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication &  Copyright has offered a series of workshops on improving visibility and impact to scholarship in the humanities—targeting local humanists.  Three identical and packed workshops were attended in the Fall 2013, and invitations to individual departments to re-present the material have been accepted, most recently, the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The presentation, and worksheet/handouts are available.
  • PeerJ -- KU has established an institutional membership in PeerJ, an open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal.   As a result, PeerJ will waive the lifetime membership fees for up to 38 KU authors that get an article accepted by PeerJ.  More information
  • Knowledge Unlatched -- KU is a supporter and contributing member of this new project to provide open access to books published by well-known university presses.  Titles are being made available via OAPEN and HathiTrust on an Open Access basis as fully downloadable PDFs immediately upon publication.  More information
  • HathiTrust Digital Library -- KU is a proud new member of the HathiTrust Digital Library.  This partnership will allow KU faculty, staff, and students to access full text of the 2.7 million volumes in the public domain that are held by the HathiTrust.  More information
  • KU One-University Open Access Publishing Fund -- Since 2012, KU has provided funding for a pilot program to support KU authors that publish in open access journals.    More information

  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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