How Open is It? Understanding the Core Components of Open Access

A new guide has been released for Open Access Week 2012.  From the Web site: “This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”.  Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates. Ultimately, the conversation must shift from “Is It Open Access?” to “How Open Is It?” The phrase “How Open Is It?” will be used for a family of offerings to foster and promote open access in research communications. “

Why Open Access?  See  What is Open Access:  8 minute video by Jorge Cham featuring Jonathan Eisen (UC DAVIS) and Nick Shockey (SPARC)