This fall, a draft Open Access Policy for K-State was presented to two groups on campus, Faculty Affairs and the University Library Committee. The policy is essentially a statement by faculty as a whole giving permission to the university to make their articles open access. Policies similar to this have been adopted at many universities (Harvard, MIT, KU, Univ of California System) and we’re working hard to also make it happen here. Our intent is to take it to the full faculty senate for a vote. Learn more about the policy in a post by Marty Courtois.
Last January we started a fund for K-State authors who would like to publish in open access journals but can’t pay the author fees required by some journals. The K-State Open Access Publishing Fund (KOAPF) is jointly funded through the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and K-State Libraries. Up to $3,000 per article is provided to pay publication fees in open-access journals which provide free, immediate, online access to the full text of research articles upon publication without restrictions. Through September 2013, twenty four grants totaling $33,048 have been awarded to K-State authors to pay article processing fees.
Another project, the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, was funded by Student Centered Tuition Enhancement funds in spring 2013 with a supplemental allocation provided by K-State Libraries. The goal of the initiative is to encourage faculty experimentation and innovation in finding new, better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to students. Through the initiative, faculty can receive a stipend up to $5,000 to develop or adopt an alternate to a traditional textbook. Nine textbook projects were funded last spring and many of the textbooks are being used in classes this fall – at no cost to students. Applications for the second round of the program are now being accepted through the online proposal submission form. Proposals must be received by November 8, 2013.
The migration of our online press, New Prairie Press to the Berkeley Press/Digital Commons platform is exciting news. Besides the journals that NPP hosts, the new platform will allow us to publish books and conference proceedings. All of this wonderful content will be openly and freely available. Also, joining NPP this fall is the new undergraduate journal, Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship. Jason Coleman talks more about this development in his post.
That’s just a quick overview of some of our projects. There is lots of activity on the open access front at K-State.-Beth Turtle