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Open Access @SDSU

This guide provides a brief introduction to Open Access, which OA Journals are indexed in our search databases and any support for publishing in OA Journals we may have.

Scholarly Communication

The Association of Research Libraries defines scholarly communication as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.”

Overarching issues in scholarly communication are often intimately related to ideals of open culture. Below you will find more information and resources to help you ore fully understand the scholarly publishing landscape and issues surrounding it.

Author Rights

"According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. If you sign on the publisher’s dotted line, is there any way to retain these critical rights?

Yes. The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors." Read more

Download the Author Addendum

Download the SPARC Brochure on Author Rights

Discover a publisher's copyright & self-archiving policies by searching SHERPA/RoMEO

Alternative Metrics

"Given the limitations of bibliometrics, many academics and editors are looking to new non citation-based article-level indicators of impact as an alternative. Altmetrics, a type of article level metric, are metrics gathered from mentions of research in nontraditional online outlets that can be used to analyze how scholarship is being found, shared, cited, and discussed." Read more

Read the Altmetric Manifesto

Read the SPARC Article Level Metrics Explanation

Get an Altmetric Bookmarklet to measure your articles' impact!

Discover three different (and freely available) Impact Metrics being used by Elesevier's Journal Metrics project: SNIP, IPP and SJR.

You can also find Impact Metrics from Thomson-Reuters indexed journals through Eigenfactor, and Google Scholar even has a toe in the game.