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Supporting Open Access

Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process. – “In light of last month’s political turmoil over Federal agency communications, Open Access may take on new significance. In response to a 2013 White House request, NASA announced in August that space agency-funded research articles must be publicly accessible in the PubSpace database (a part of PubMedCentral) within one year of publication. Like other government-funded research, the mandate to use Green OA repositories is subject to exceptions involving patents, personal privacy, and national security. However, the trend towards openness is clearly gaining traction. Combined with an increasing number of Gold and hybrid journals, the Open Access trend is likely to withstand political pressures towards the proprietary model. Implementation, however, is the real key. Although Open Access has existed for years, misconceptions still abound. The tools and techniques for accessing OA materials are also improving, but much more is needed. As has been made clear in this series, the burden for making this transition faster and easier falls in large part on academic libraries and their professionals….”

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