For the week of 4 September 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Measuring MPAs in Continental North America: How Well Protected Are the Ocean Estates of Canada, Mexico, and the USA? "Results show that many North American MPAs are incompletely implemented and therefore currently fail to provide adequate protection. The inclusion of such sites in official government statistics can inflate the perception of how much, and how well, the ocean is protected. We outline some of the major challenges to MPA establishment in each country and offer recommendations to increase the number and effectiveness of MPAs in North America."
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 $353.75.
P.S. We have updated stats to share with you all on the importance of having your work freely-available in this field. We analyzed over 800 papers shared over the last 6 months in this newsletter to see what gets read, and more importantly, what doesn't. The takeaway: Freely-available papers are read twice as much as pay-walled papers, on average over this time frame. If you want your work to be used and/or cited, the first step is getting people to read it – and you can double your readership (at least in our circles) by making your work freely-available to everyone. More to come in future updates! In the meantime, if you want more information on free ways to make your work accessible, you can read our blog.
-Allie Brown & Nick Wehner