OA program @ UVic

Rationale

Over the last decade, an increasing portion of UVic Libraries’ acquisitions budget has been spent on packages of online journals published by a decreasing number of commercial publishers. These resources are licensed via multi-year consortia agreements to achieve the best economic terms possible for participating libraries. Unfortunately, this practice steadily decreases budgetary allocations for the purchase of monographs and subscriptions to smaller, independently published journals. Although UVic libraries supports the pursuit of scholarship and extending the University’s public service mission, it realizes that changes on the scholarly publishing front are necessary to sustain current acquisition models.

UVic libraries’ open access program is focused on reducing barriers to the accessibility, sharing and use of scholarship. This evolving strategy reflects an increasing focus on open access, to research outputs and digital data of all kinds and in all disciplinary areas.

Initiatives

  • UVic's Research & Learning Repository

    UVicSpace is an online archive which holds articles, books, theses, conference papers, technical reports, video, audio and image files, as well as course-related materials. UVic Libraries is committed to the preservation of files in standardized formats. It also provides a venue for researchers to comply with open access mandates from granting agencies, such as, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Michael Smith Foundation, etc.

  • Theses & Dissertations

    Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations form a sizeable portion of scholarly research at most academic institutions. UVic Libraries has moved from housing print volumes to an online repository, and as of December 2012 over 2960 items have been submitted. Graduate students have been submitting their theses and dissertations into UVicSpace since 2005. The collection is fully discoverable and accessible on the internet, and each title is indexed in the library catalogue. More information.

  • Memberships/Funds Support OA Publishing

    We support the OA movement through the creation of Open Access funds. OA funds support publishing models that provide immediate, online distribution and barrier free access, to scholarly research. By supporting these memberships, authors can publish in a number of peer-reviewed OA journals without paying author fees. These fees cover the cost of publishing instead of traditional library subscription fees. More information.

  • Facilitating Access to OA Journals

    In addition to supporting open access publishing models, UVic Libraries facilitates access to open access journals that meet standard selection criteria by including them in the E-Journals list and the library catalogue.

  • Online Publishing Services

    UVic Libraries supports the transformation of scholarly communication through open access to digital collections. To advance this goal we have made available alternative publishing platforms for faculty, researchers and students.

  • UVic Authors and Editors

    UVic Libraries supports authors and editors through the services provided by its liaison librarians, Scholarly Communications librarian and Copyright Officer, who respond to questions about copyright, instructions for authors, retaining author rights, publisher policies and more. Positioned in this unique role, with contact between authors, editors and publishers, UVic Libraries can facilitate connections, offer workshops and provide a forum for discussing issues and concerns in this arena.

  • Open Access Mandate

    A growing number of institutions have taken a leadership role in promoting Open Access on campus by adopting a policy for their researchers, as recommended by the Berlin Mandate. At UVic, the decision to establish an institutional open access mandate would require Senate approval. It would be beneficial to have campus discussion and engagement on the issues before approaching Senate. UVic Libraries will continue to raise awareness and provide support for open access publishing on campus and pursue the recommendations in this report. Faculties and departments who are interested in the issues are encouraged to contact UVic Libraries for support throughout the process.

Recommendations

  • The University should consider establishing a central author fund to defray open access article processing fees by publishers to be a high priority.
  • In partnership with the Office of Research Services, UVic Libraries should raise the awareness and understanding of funding agencies’ open access mandates.
  • UVic Libraries, in collaboration with the University and campus partners should support a broader, coordinated and sustainable scholarly publishing system.
  • The University should give due weight in salary, promotion and tenure considerations to peer-reviewed publications regardless of price, medium or business model (e.g. publications falling outside the traditional publishing system).
  • The University should join other universities in endorsing major open access initiatives, such as the Budapest Open Access Initiative and/or the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.