UNT Libraries support editors who declare independence from commercial publishers
All six editors and all 31 members of the editorial board of Lingua, a top journal in linguistics published by Elsevier, resigned in late October and plan to launch a new journal, Glossa, in 2016 that will still be peer-reviewed but entirely free to read online (see coverage in Inside Higher Ed). The move, just the latest by a journal editorial board “declaring independence,” attracted not only attention in the popular press but also an expression of support from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The UNT Libraries offer a number of services to help scholarly editors and authors based at UNT to understand their rights in working with publishers and to support alternative forms of publishing and how to assess invitations to publish. Highlights include:
- UNT Scholarly Works: a repository for UNT faculty and staff to deposit the results of their research, whether published elsewhere or not
- UNT Data Repository: a central archive for the datasets of UNT researchers
- Copyright Advisory Services helps authors understand how copyright and licensing work and what they can ask to retain before signing a publishing agreement
- Editors’ Roundtable: a group that meets over lunch once a semester to share experiences and learn about best practices
- Scholarly Open Access E-Journal Support: a service to make scholarly journals edited at UNT free to read online
- Eagle Editions: an imprint for works of scholarship that complements the UNT Press
The UNT Libraries also promote awareness of open access (making works of scholarship freely available while maintaining their quality and peer review) every year by hosting events during International Open Access Week and by organizing an Open Access Symposium that attracts speakers and attendees from around the world. Mark your calendars now for the next symposium: May 19–20, 2016.