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CHAPS Workshop: Learn more about scholarly publishing

Why are scholarly articles behind paywalls?

The scholarly journal publishing market is an economic market. There are many arguments about the current state of publishing publicly funded research, the use of impact factors in the academic promotion and tenure process, predatory publishing, and open access journals. Learn more about the history and current state of academic journal publishing.

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Open Access Publishing Requirements

In 2013, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy mandated that federal agencies with Research & Development budgets of over $100M devise plans for providing access to research publications and data created as a result of grants. Below is a summary of individual agency plans and where to deposit materials. (UIC

What can I do to make change?

  • Use Sherpa/Romeo to understand the journal's open access pathways. Use the Help to learn more about the symbols and descriptions. Learn more about Green versus Gold OA.
  • Understand open access publishing fees, and be vigilant about investigating the journal to assure they are not a predatory, illegitimate, or dishonest publisher.
  • Work through your institution's Faculty Senate, Assembly or Administration to demand change in the reliance of impact factors as a way to judge the quality of scholarly output.
  • Protect your copyright when accepting a journal article publishing agreement, and submit a Copyright Addendum Form.
  • Submit a copy of your article to your institutional repository (such as WSU's Digital Commons) and/or a disciplinary repository such as Open Anthro Research.