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Open Access Week

What precisely is Open Access, and Open Access Week?


Spectrum Chart


Answer in the discussion section: Which was the last Journal that you read or purchased? Do you know if it was open access? If not, investigate along these dimensions. Was it Green or Gold?

Task Discussion

  • Wayne said:

    I used my web history to look at one of the articles I read today. The best example was a NY Times article. I was able to read this article but know from experience that the NY Times limits the number of online articles that you can read without purchasing a subscription.

    This is NOT an Open Access site.

    on April 15, 2014, 2:11 p.m.
  • Anonym said:

    I don't often read journals, I look for individual articles of interest wherever they may be. I think the last journal i read was Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, which is an open access journal.

    on Oct. 2, 2013, 4:29 p.m.
  • richardba said:

    I don't know precisely which journal I read, however the last magazine I've read was a brazilian technological magazine called Info, and it is not Open Access,

    on Feb. 16, 2013, 12:35 p.m.
  • phette23 said:

    I'm not entirely sure what the last journal I read was, but it was probably either Code4Lib or First Monday as they're the ones I read regularly. I also have the current issue of Information Technology & Libraries bookmarked for perusal later. They're all gold open access journals which release all articles as OA.

    I end up reading mainly OA journals because I'm not at a research institution, so our collection focuses on student needs and not faculty research. I'd also argue the journals I list above are among the top tier in my field in any case.

    on Dec. 18, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
  • Dave Menninger said:

    Not actually a journal, but published papers I read recently....


    on Oct. 29, 2012, 1:43 p.m.
  • Vitalis said:

    on Oct. 24, 2012, 8:36 p.m.

    phette23 said:

    The DOAJ isn't really a journal, it's a massive directory of thousands of open access journals. A great starting place if you want to find OA journals or articles, though.

    on Dec. 18, 2012, 8:57 p.m. in reply to Vitalis
  • Radka said:

    Inflow - OA information journal from Czech Republic

    on Oct. 24, 2012, 2:52 p.m.

    Max said:

    Interesting, I've never read this journal. I'm currently reading this article from it with google translate. laugh

    on Oct. 24, 2012, 2:56 p.m. in reply to Radka

    Radka said:

    You should conect to our Big Clean conference 2012 (in english:)

    on Oct. 24, 2012, 5:23 p.m. in reply to Max
  • Kathleen Johnson said:

    Science News: After scoring low on all accounts, I believe Science News may not qualify as a journal. But I did get a chance to pore over the graduated chart and start to get an understanding of the levels of "open".  And, I am happy to know the chart exists.

    on Oct. 23, 2012, 12:19 p.m.

    Max said:

    Science news is a self-described magazine, but certainly on issues of availabilty, archiving and reuse, the idea of openness is analogous.

    on Oct. 23, 2012, 12:31 p.m. in reply to Kathleen Johnson
  • Desmond Wolf said:

    I looked at International Journal of Communications. They seem to be quite pro OA.  Indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, that is a good start as well as making articles easy to read online. There is scant information however about their author posting policy.

    on Oct. 22, 2012, 7:23 p.m.