Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract
Facilitating Open Access through Collaboration with Clinical Departments
Sunday, May 5
4:50 PM - 4:55 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Assistant Professor/Clinical Librarian
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
Background : In order to reduce economic barriers to health sciences information, a group of physicians consulted their clinical librarian about the university libraries’ capabilities in supporting their goal of creating and publishing two open access journals.The faculty’s desire was to have these journals not only be free to read, but also free of publication costs to potential authors. A working group including division faculty and staff members, clinical librarian, and library faculty and staff from archives and special collections was created in July of 2016 to explore the potential project.
Description : The work group spent 6 months on negotiations and project planning, including deciding on design aspects of the site, calling for editors, authors, and reviewers, and drafting a memorandum of understanding detailing labor responsibilities between the University Libraries’ and the clinical department. Instead of subscription or submission fees, the project was funded by a combination of grants, departmental support and existing library services. The journals are housed in the University Libraries’ institutional repository platform, but the editorial board and technical support are staffed by clinical faculty and employees.
Conclusion : Since its launch in January 2017, the Journal of Respiratory Infections has published 52 articles which have been downloaded a total of 7890 times in 127 different countries. The 14 articles published in the Journal of Refugee and Global Health, which launched in August 2017, have been downloaded 1342 times in 86 countries. By the end of the session, participants will be able to thoughtfully examine opportunities that may exist within their own institution and service model to facilitate equitable dissemination of information through the support of open access journals.