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.
- 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 […]
- We study the dynamics of coupled oscillator networks with higher-order interactions and their ability to store information. In particular, the fixed points of these oscillator systems consist of two clusters of oscillators that become entrained at opposite phases, mapping easily to information more commonly represented by sequences of 0’s and 1’s. While 2 such fixed […]
- Patterns of Contagious Yawning and Itching Differ Amongst Adults With Autistic Traits vs. Psychopathic TraitsBoth individuals with diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and individuals high in psychopathic traits show reduced susceptibility to contagious yawning; that is, yawning after seeing or hearing another person yawn. Yet it is unclear whether the same underlying processes (e.g., reduced eye gaze) are responsible for the relationship between reduced contagion and these very […]
- Differential ketogenic diet-induced shift in CSF lipid/carbohydrate metabolome of pediatric epilepsy patients with optimal vs. no anticonvulsant response: a pilot studyBackground: The low carbohydrate, high fat ketogenic diet can be an effective anticonvulsant treatment in some pediatric patients with pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Its mechanism(s) of action, however, remain uncertain. Direct sampling of cerebrospinal fluid before and during metabolic therapy may reveal key changes associated with differential clinical outcomes. We characterized the relationship between seizure responsiveness and […]