For the week of 9 October 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Thanks to the support from the Packard Foundation, we are pleased to announce that next month we'll be launching MarXiv: the (free!) research repository for ocean-conservation and marine-climate science. Studies have found that lack of access to costly academic journals result in less primary science being used in on-the-ground environmental management plans. Managers, policymakers, NGOs, and many governments simply can't afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to subscribe to academic journals. MarXiv seeks to change this.
An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to MarXiv. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever. No more time wasted begging the author for a copy, and no need to "pirate" the research in a not-so-legal manner. MarXiv will be built into the Center for Open Science's OSF Preprints framework which grants each paper a unique DOI, and ensures the papers are indexed by Google Scholar, Altmetric, and other services — all at no cost.
We invite you to join us next month as we launch MarXiv. Nick will be hosting a webinar to explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers. For more information and to register, please visit: https://oct.to/MarXivIntro.
If you have questions about MarXiv, please contact Nick at nick [at] octogroup.org.
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.
Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $416.65.
P.S. This is a friendly reminder that starting November 1, we will no longer include closed (e.g. pay-walled with no preprint and grey-OA) articles in these updates. For full details, see the notice in the Literature Update from the week of September 11.
-Allie Brown & Nick Wehner