Resources for creating a more sustainable and equitable academic publishing system.
The traditional system of academic publishing, in which scholars submit their work to a journal that is supported by library subscriptions, is no longer sustainable. During the last few decades of the twentieth century journal publishers merged and raised subscription prices far above inflation rates. Many academic library systems are no longer able to afford these prices, and some libraries and scholars are beginning to boycott these publishers altogether. Many libraries are increasingly favoring alternative business models that bundle together fees for subscription and publishing. These models often result in Open Access readership.
Open Access is a common end goal among academic publishing stakeholders, but there is not yet a one-size-fits-all economic model that is both equitable and sustainable. Here are some suggested readings on Open Access issues.
- An Introduction to Open Access (2019)
- Transformative Agreements: A Primer (2019)
- Transformative Agreements, Funders, and the Publishing Ecosystem: A lack of Focus on Equity (2020)
Unlocking your work
A few ways to help ensure your scholarship reaches the widest audience:
- Deposit a publicly-accessible post-print copy of your work in the Digital Repository. Many publishers permit the deposit of the post-print or manuscript version of an article. This is the post-peer reviewed version but *not* the final published copy. You can look up your publisher’s policies by searching the Sherpa/Romeo database. then submit your work directly to the Digital Repository.
- Seek out publishers and Open Access journals that have more lenient distribution policies and submit your work to these publishers first. Use the Sherpa/Romeo database or the Directory of Open Access Journals to find Open-Access minded publishers for your discipline.
- Negotiate with your journal or monograph publisher upfront to retain your copyrights. Read more about this from SPARC and use their Author Addendum with publishers.
Faculty publications recently added to the Digital Repository
Trinity’s Institutional Repository is a digital archive that showcases and provides access to scholarly and creative works by Trinity College community members. Works in the Repository are open to anyone on or off campus, resulting in increased readership and visibility.
- Studies of live cells often require loading of exogenous molecules through the cell membrane; however, effects of loading method on experimental results are poorly understood. Therefore, in this work, we compared three methods for loading a fluorescently labeled peptide into cells of the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum. We optimized loading by pinocytosis, electroporation, and myristoylation […]
- A collaborative learning module for teaching protein mass spectrometry has been developed to overcome common obstacles to incorporating the modern topic of biological mass spectrometry into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Protein mass spectrometry data is provided to eliminate the need for expensive instrumentation, and an instructor’s manual gives necessary details for those unfamiliar with the […]
- The pseudodichotomous Dasya sylviae sp. nov. (Delesseriaceae, Ceramiales) from 60–90 m mesophotic reefs off BermudaThe red alga Dasya sylviae C.W.Schneid., M.M.Cassidy & G.W.Saunders sp. nov . is described from mesophotic depths of 60–90 m off Bermuda. Genetic sequences (COI-5P, rbc L) and morphological characteristics show that this species is distinct from other known pseudodichotomous species of Dasya . Of ten current species in the genus reported from Bermuda, only […]
- Giuseppe Sarti's opera buffa Fra i due litiganti il terzo gode was one of the great operatic successes of the late eighteenth century. First performed in Milan in September 1782, the opera was quickly taken up by theatres in other cities. In 1783 it began a long run at the Burgtheater in Vienna, where it […]