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Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research

What are the risks of publishing in an open access journal and what must be done to combat predatory OA publishing? Will OA publishing eventually supplant the traditional scholarly publishing model?

On October 23, 2013, students and faculty gathered at George’s Lounge to hear the nationally ranked GMU Forensics Team take on these questions and more at this year’s roundtable discussion, “Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research.” Our student panelists engaged the audience with their lively presentation on the challenges, merits, and future of open access publishing.

Featured speakers were Amelia Martin, civil engineering major; AK Komanduri, government and international politics major; Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major; Joseph Dineen, graduate student in political science; and Rob Warchol, graduate student in Middle East and Islamic studies.

George Dresses Up for Open Access Week 2013!

The George Mason statue, looking sharp in Open Access Week finery, is featured in Fourth Estate, the University’s official student news outlet.

Members and students gathered at 10 a.m. to adorn George in balloons, banners, a T-shirt and cape. Each October, for the past five years, Open Access has decorated George to kick start their International Open Access Week: a week dedicated to promoting free access to scholarly and creative material for universities.

Since 1995, when the statue was first brought to campus, Mason students continue to share their knowledge, school spirit and pride with one another by decorating George’s statue, and it is a tradition that will hopefully keep strong in the years to come.

For the full article by Fourth Estate Lifestyle Reporter Arrielle Brooks, see: http://www.gmufourthestate.com/content/mason-organizations-connect-student-body-through-george-mason-statue

 

 

Open Access Week: October 21-27, 2013

International Open Access Week is October 21-27, 2013.

This will be Mason’s 5th year celebrating International Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. See below for our great lineup of workshops, discussions, webinars, and campus visits in October.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dress Up George!

Come help us get George dressed up for International Open Access Week! We’ll bring the decorations, you bring the creativity.

Monday, October 21, 2013, 10:00 am, George Mason Statue (in front of the Johnson Center), Fairfax Campus

World Bank SPARC OA Week Kickoff

Join us for a live webcast of the SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)/World Bank Open Access Week 2013 kickoff. The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:00-7:00 pm, Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Copyright Reform Can Benefit Open Access

Copyright helps create incentives for creators to produce works that the public can enjoy. However, if copyright protections are too strong, then the result can be reduced access to scholarship and other works, which is the opposite of what copyright is meant to do.

Join Jerry Brito as he talks about how three major reforms to the Copyright Act would help foster greater public access to cultural and scholarly works and rebalance copyright. This event, hosted by the University Libraries, will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:15-4:15 pm at the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 126. Light refreshments will be served.

Jerry Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. His op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the coauthor, with Susan Dudley, of Regulation: A Primer and the editor of Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess. His research focuses on technology and Internet policy, copyright, and the regulatory process.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:15-4:15 pm, Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 126, Arlington Campus

The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

Jake Orlowitz, recipient of a Wikimedia Foundation Individual  Engagement  Grant, will speak about “The Wikipedia Library (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library),” a new project he founded in 2012 for the purpose of connecting Wikipedia editors with the reliable information sources they need.

When the latest and best scholarly research is only available to those with the money to buy access to it, society itself is impoverished; yet efforts to promote universal open access even to government-funded research have not yet  prevailed. The Wikipedia Library provides several easy, legal ways for  research libraries to partner with trusted, experienced Wikipedians for  the purpose of ensuring that Internet information is good information.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:00 pm, Room B, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access

What are the risks of publishing in an open access journal and what must be done to combat predatory OA publishing? Will OA publishing eventually supplant the traditional scholarly publishing model?

The nationally ranked GMU Forensics Team takes on these questions and more at this year’s roundtable discussion, “Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research.” Join this event, hosted by the University Libraries and the Department of Communication, to hear our student panelists discuss the challenges, merits, and future of open access publishing. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 – 1:15 pm in George’s on the third floor of the Johnson Center. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Featured speakers are Amelia Martin, civil engineering major; AK Komanduri, government and international politics major; Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major; Joseph Dineen, graduate student in political science; and Rob Warchol, graduate student in Middle East and Islamic studies.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00-1:15 pm,Johnson Center, George’s Lounge (3rd Floor), Fairfax Campus

ASERL’s Open Access Week Chat with Peter Suber

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) is hosting an interactive discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications and many other titles and accomplishments. Instead of a web-based lecture, this will be an interactive interview and discussion with Peter.  Attendees can submit questions and comments in real-time during the session.  Christine Fruin, ASERL’s Visiting Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, will moderate the session.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm, Johnson Center Instruction Room, Fairfax Campus

OR view the live webcast at http://bit.ly/GJz1mN

Data Services Open House

Stop by Data Services to meet our staff and learn about open data resources.  Data Services provides help with finding, getting and using statistical, geospatial and qualitative data.  We support open access to research data by supporting the DMPTool (data management planning tool) which can be used by researchers when writing funder-mandated data management plans.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 3:30-5:00 pm, Fenwick Library, Data Services Computer Lab (Room C103), Fairfax Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prince William Campus Faculty Author and Open Access Information Fair

Join us in celebrating George Mason University Prince William Campus Faculty Authors and International Open Access Week. Publications from faculty authors will be on display. Dr. Iosif Vaisman and Dr. Don Seto will speak about their experiences with publishing in open access journals. Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch will speak about her experience as an editor of an open access journal. Claudia Holland will speak about George Mason University Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund, available to assist with financial support to Mason scholars and researchers who wish to publish their work in reputable open access (OA) journals that require an article processing fee. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and registered graduate students are eligible to apply. See the OAPF guidelines for information on journal eligibility. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 11:30 am-2:00 pm (speakers will begin at 12:00 pm), Bull Run Hall Atrium, Prince William Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus