The Open Access (OA) movement is based on the principle that the products of academic research should be freely accessible to everyone. And, behind this principle is the idea that the spirit of scholarly study is spreading knowledge in order to improve society for everyone. In reality, academic journals can be very expensive and huge portions of scholarship are inaccessible to the public. While it's fairly common for folks to apply this to peer-reviewed journal articles, OA can apply to documents like theses, conference proceedings, presentations, learning objects, research data and many others. Although we speak of open access literature, open access is not in fact limited to scholarly texts but can encompass every kind of digital content, from data to video to software.
Read More About OA:
- Budapest Open Access Initiative
- Peter Suber's Overview of Open Access
- Open Access Explained - Piled Higher and Deeper
Support to Authors
The libraries offer a number of services to authors throughout the lifecycle of publishing:
- Negotiation/Membership in consortia that lower the costs of author processing charges (APCs).
- You can check this list from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network to see if your publisher supports an APC discount.
- You can also check compatible agreements on our Open Access APC Discounts Guide.
- Management and deposit of scholarly works into the UNB Scholar institutional repository, thereby enabling open access where eligible.
- Assistance meeting the Tri-Agency Policy Open Access Policy on Publications requirements.
- Assistance navigating publisher policies and OA mandates.
- Assistance evaluating journals and identifying "bad faith" publishers.
- Copyright consultation.
- Research Data Management assistance.
- Digital Publishing Services at the Centre for Digital Scholarship.
Librarians on both campuses will support faculty in depositing their scholarly works into UNB Scholar, and otherwise making the results of their research and scholarship open access.
APC Support via Transformative Agreement
UNB Libraries have been part of a large, national consortium that is reaching new, transformative agreements with major publishers that may lower your APC fees. The phrase "transformative agreement" means that library consortia negotiate with large publishers to lower open access costs for member institution researchers. In some cases, member institutions see their APCs fully waived. In other cases you see discounts.
List of Publishers
Please note that this list is really just a starting point. Many of these publishers' lists and agreements are hugely conditional. In many cases, there is also institutional reporting required. It is always a good idea to check with us first before assuming you have access to an APC discount with any of the following:
- American Chemical Society
- Cambridge University Press
- Canadian Science Publishing
- Company of Biologists
- Taylor & Francis
For more information on specific agreement details, please see the Open Access APC Discounts Guide.
You are very much encouraged to let us do the digging for you. Please fill out the following form we'll get back to you as soon as we can:
Support to Instructors
There are a number of initiatives aimed at lowering costs to students and instructors alike. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer tremendous opportunities to lower costs associated with course materials while also opening those same materials up to the commons.
- UNB Libraries OER Guide
- UNB Libraries Course Reserves service can help instructors provide access to materials already-paid-for in the libraries' collections. Shifting course materials to already-available content can save students just as much money as OER can.
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Mike Nason
- Peter Suber's Introduction to Open Access
- CAUL/CBUA SCC Digital Scholarship Toolbox
- Public Library of Science (PLoS)
- The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC)
- University of Waterloo's FAQ on OA
- "Open Access Explained (Video)"
- UNB Libraries Statement of Support for Open Access
- Backgrounder on OA at UNB Libraries
The Centre for Digital Scholarship strongly supports open access journal publishing – as well as other open access projects within the Digital Humanities and beyond – and also oversees the operation of UNB's Institional Repository, UNB Scholar.