Launching the OASPA Showcase for Open Access Week 2010

To mark Open Access Week in 2010, OASPA is launching a series  of presentations about open-access projects and journals – the OASPA Showcase.  These will be  freely available and will form a valuable resource for teaching and learning  about successes in open-access publishing.  We are particularly interested  to focus on projects that might not be so well known outside of their immediate  communities, and where the experience might be broadly relevant for open-access  publishing.  We would be delighted to receive suggestions for future  presentations.

One of the key membership groups within OASPA is the  scholar publisher group.  There are thousands of such publishers in the  academy, and many of these journals have become important publication venues  although they are not published by a conventional publishing organization.  Many such journals also rely on freely available open-source software such as  Open Journal Systems produced by the Public Knowledge Project.

Our first  OASPA Showcase features the Journal of Medical Internet Research, which has been  published for more than 10 years, under the editorial leadership of Gunther  Eysenbach, also one of the founders of OASPA.  Gunther provides a thorough  history of his journal, including information about the aims and mission of the  journal, the operational infrastructure, and various editorial innovations and  experimentation.  There is much in this presentation that will be of  interest to open-access publishers everywhere.

We look forward to future OASPA  Showcases and wellcome your suggestions. A number of presentations are now lined up and we will announce them as they become available through this blog and other channels.

On behalf of OASPA,

Mark Patterson & Caroline Sutton

One thought on “Launching the OASPA Showcase for Open Access Week 2010

  1. This is such an important cause! The fact is, scholarly information has been traditionally kept at-bay from the general public. Through sophisticated hierarchical systems like member-only access to academic journals or overly academic/scientific language that makes the content inaccessible, the “us-them” duality is perpetuated and keeps important information from the masses. Thank you for making your information public, I have already benefited from many of your articles as I do research for my Master’s thesis.

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