Singapore Celebrates Open Access Week 2017

Did you know …
1. There more than 10K open access journals and over 2.6 million OA articles indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
2. There are more than 4 million OA theses indexed in Open Access Theses and Dissertations
3. The total of OA publications in Institutional Repositories of A*STAR, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Management University exceed 120K

Embark on your Open Access journey by taking part in activities happening here in Singapore,

  • Raising your research visibility with open research data: presentations and panel discussion on 24 Oct, 9.30am to 11.30am, organised by Nanyang Technological University and National Institute of Education libraries. Click here for registration and details.
  • Open Access (OA) publishing- books and journals articles: a talk organised by National University of Singapore Libraries, Oct 24, 2pm to 4pm. This talk will cover types of open access, costs of OA publishing, funders’ mandates, etc. As seats are limited, please register early.

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Check out other Open Access Week events taking place around the world here.

Characteristics of dodgy journals: what to look out for?

How to avoid the risk of submitting your research article to a journal of questionable repute? How to differentiate predatory journals from bona fide ones?

Shamseer et al. (2017) analysed numerous predatory journals, open access journals and subscription-based journals and have identified 13 evidence-based characteristics of questionable journals. Some of them include spelling and grammatical errors on journal websites, promises of rapid publication, manuscripts are submitted via email, boast of a bogus impact factor, contact email address is non-professional, etc.

In addition, we recommend that researchers use the “think, check, submit” checklist to help them select where to publish their works. It is a straightforward three-step process which is supported by organisations such as INASP, STM, OASPA and publishers such as Springer Nature and BioMed Central.

If you have questions regarding the legitimacy or reputation of a journal or publisher, please contact library@ntu.edu.sg

Reference:
Shamseer, L., Moher, D., Maduekwe, O., Turner, L., Barbour, V., Burch, R., Clark, J., Galipeau, J., Roberts, J., Shea, B. J. (2017). Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine. DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0785-9

Get open-access full-text papers the legal way: Use Unpaywall

Using Unpaywall, anyone can now find freely available full-text of journal articles.

How does it work?
Step 1. Add the Unpaywall extension to your Chrome or Firefox browser
Step 2. When you view a research article (from publisher’s website), look out for the coloured tab on the right of the webpage.
a. Green tab: There is a free, legal full-text. Click on the green tab to read.
b. Gray tab: Unable to find a free legal full-text.

To get started, add Unpaywall extension and try to find full-text of this article:
Hennigar, R. A., Mann, R. B. and Tjoa, E. (2017). Superfluid Black Holes. Physical Review Letters, 118, 021301

Full-text from publisher costs US$25 but Unpaywall finds a free copy uploaded by the authors to arXiv.

Unpaywall was developed by Impactstory, an open-source website that helps researchers share the online impact of their research.

Singapore Celebrates Open Access Week 2016

Join us to celebrate the 9th International Open Access Week on 24 – 30 Oct, 2016!                                           Participating Organisations: A*STAR, NIE, NRF, NTU, NUS, SMU

Let’s advance Open Access, take some concrete steps today!

    • Not familiar with Open Access? View infographics explaining key concepts
    • Open Access to Research Data, a new norm in the research world?
      Find out more during this event, Open Access Research Data Sharing Requirements: Are you ready? 27th Oct 2016, 11:00am -12:30pm @NTU LT16. Register.
    • Make peer-reviewed manuscripts of your research publications freely available in your Institutional Repository:  NTU & NIE 

More activities hosted by other participating universities & organizations:

    • NUS –  Talk: Open Access Publishing In The Humanities and Social Sciences ( by Brill, 26 Oct, for NUS staff & students)

 

Why Deposit – Benefit of Being OA as a Researcher


oa_infographics_v9_06Open Access FAQ

  • May I know who is interested in my papers? 

At the article level, you can view how many people view or download your paper and which country or city they are from by clicking on ‘Show Statistical Information’ link.

  • I share my papers in ResearchGate and Academia.edu, why need submit to Institutional Repository?

Some publishers encourage sharing in institutional repositories, non-commercial subject repositories or personal websites, but specifically forbid sharing in for-profit commercial repositories and social networking sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu. So where such policies are in place, you may be in danger of violating these terms of service if you post an article on a social networking site.

How To Make your papers open access via Institutional Repository

   Open Access FAQ

  • How fast does it take to process my papers?

On average, once the full text has been submitted, the processing by the librarian takes1-2 weeks. The metadata (i.e. citation details) will be publicly available and indexed in Google (and sometimes Google Scholar) soon after. However, for papers that are under embargo, the link to the full-text will only be accessible after the appropriate embargo period has been observed.

  • Can I still deposit papers that are under a publisher’s embargo”?

Yes, you can still submit your accepted manuscript as soon as it is ready. The system allows us to lock the full-text access of a submission by setting an embargo period. Your librarian will also check and ensure that the full text of the manuscript will only be made openly available after the publishers’ embargo period.

Published Version Vs. Accepted Version

 Open Access FAQ

  • Is the proof or off-print the same as the post-print (accepted) version?

No, unlike post-prints which are produced by the author,  proofs / offprints are delivered to the author from the publisher.

Proofs / offprints have been formatted and reflect any layout or copyediting done by the publisher in preparation for publication.

Proofs / off-prints should not be deposited in your institutional repositories.

Worry-free Deposit – Does Your Publisher Allow Self-archiving


oa_infographics_v9_01      Open Access FAQ

  • Where I can check the self-archival policies of different publishers or journals?

Pls refer to the SHERPA/ROMEO for a journal / publisher policies. Some policies are not available in the SHERPA/ROMEO, but are located in the publisher’s official website. When in doubt or when information is not available, always submit the Author’s post-print (or accepted manuscript) to the library instead of the published PDF.

  • I do not have time to check the publisher’s policy, can I still submit my papers in the institutional repository?

Yes, simply follow one of the methods (in NTU or NIE) to deposit your peer-reviewed manuscript (which incorporates referees’ comments) into your institutional repository . Your librarian will check the publisher’s policy and ensure that the publisher permits the full text archival.

 

Overview of Open Access

     Open Access FAQ

  • Can I make my papers OA without paying APC?

Yes, most publishers allow your peer-reviewed final manuscript to be made openly available via your institutional repository. Your librarian will check publishers’ policy and ensure that your submission is copyright compliant. Submission Procedures: NTU & NIE

  • How can I identify and avoid questionable OA journals?
  1. check the list of questionable journals and publishers provided by Jeff Beall. Note that some people have criticised Beall and the partiality of his list.
  2. check if the OA journal you intend to publish in is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It uses a set of strict criteria for journals to get in and to stay on its list.
  3. thoroughly analyse & assess the journal and use the simple checklist developed by Think.Check.Submit