Open Access

Make Open Data Work for You

Posted October 22, 2015

For Open Access Week, we want to highlight open initiatives that are making an impact on how we manage and share research.

Open Data is data that are made accessible online and free of charge for use, reuse, and distribution subject to the requirement of attribution and share-alike. The concept of Open Data emphasizes accountability and transparency in research, business, and government.

Open Data in research helps advance knowledge and drive innovation. This openness is not always straightforward, and requires addressing questions of privacy, ownership, and commercial interests of data.

More funding agencies are recommending that data be made publicly available as a condition of the award. Journals such as Nature, Science, and PLoS ONE require authors to make all supporting data available to readers.

If you are looking for a repository to share your own data or looking for data to reuse, Data Portals, the Registry of Research Data Repositories ( and the Data Repositories listing on the Open Access Directory Wiki are excellent places to start.

Please visit the Data Management Toolkit to learn more or contact Patti Condon, the Research Data Services Librarian.


Practice Safe Publishing

Posted October 21, 2015

Open Access (OA) means making research available online free of charge with as few restrictions as possible. Research published in OA journals is read and cited more often than that published in comparable non-OA journals.

There are many high-quality, peer-reviewed OA journals to choose from when submitting an article, but it's important to recognize the potential for fraud. Publishing scams often contact authors directly by email and promise quick publishing turn-around times.

Advice for Safe Publishing

Assess the reputation of a journal before submitting your research. The Think. Check. Submit. campaign provides a checklist authors can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher. Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals have been reviewed for compliance with publishing best practices and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association sets publishing standards for its members. Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, maintains a list of journals and publishers that may be scams.

You may also contact a UNH librarian if you have any questions about the reputation of a publisher or the quality of a journal.

Learn more about Open Access publishing at the the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.


Promote your research! We'll make it easy.

Posted October 19, 2015

Celebrate International Open Access Week (October 19-25) by participating in the Scholars’ Repository! The Scholars’ Repository, an online collection hosted by the UNH Library, makes it easy for others to find, share, and cite your scholarship. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, presentations, and other scholarship or creative work.

How to participate:

  • Send a copy of your publications list to Scholarly Communication (your CV, Google Scholar profile, Research Gate profile, or any other list will do). We'll add your publications in compliance with publisher copyright policies. If you’ve sent us a list in the past, send an update. We’ll let you know when the work is done.
  • To add presentations, reports, and other unpublished work, either email us copies of your documents or sign up for an account to upload them on your own. Signing up for an account will allow you to get download statistics for you work.

Make sure that your scholarship can be found by anyone who needs it. To learn more about Open Access publishing, author copyrights, and research repositories, visit the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide or invite Eleta Exline, the Scholarly Communication Librarian, to meet with your department or group.

Open Access Week

Posted October 21, 2014

International Open Access Week is this week, from October 20th-26th.

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.

Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible.
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