Open Access Publishing – Catherine Nancarrow

Open Access Publishing
May 15, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Manoa Campus, A153 Hamilton Library (Eugene Yap Room)

We will have the opportunity to hear from a managing editor from the Public Library of Science, an organization devoted to open access publishing.

Catherine Nancarrow is the Managing Editor of PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Pathogens, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease.

She will be speaking at an afternoon session on Friday, May 15th in Hamilton Library about open access journal article publishing and its short and long term benefits to faculty/academicians, universities, and libraries. New models of research publication can serve to increase the creative use of knowledge and information, and help us take a giant step forward in advancing science (basic and applied) at a time when doing so has a fresh focus in the US.

Working closely with her editorial boards, Ms. Nancarrow brings a tremendous amount of insight into the researcher/publisher relationship and will be able to address many of the questions researchers may bring to this session regarding open access publishing and the Public Library of Science publications.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) was founded in October 2000 by Harold E. Varmus, Patrick O. Brown, and Michael B. Eisen. PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource. The PLoS journals include: PLoS ONE, PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Though PLoS is focused on science, any researcher will find this discussion about open access publishing enlightening.

Sara Rutter
Science & Technology Librarian
Hamilton Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa


One Response to “Open Access Publishing – Catherine Nancarrow”

  1. intechweb Says:

    Interesting article about Open Access publishing.
    Most journal articles are distributed via the World Wide Web, due to low distribution costs, increasing reach, speed, and increasing importance for scholarly communication.
    Access to online content requires Internet access, and this distributional consideration presents physical and sometimes financial “barriers” to access. Proponents of OA argue that Internet access barriers are relatively low in many circumstances, that efforts should be made to subsidize universal Internet access, whereas pay-for-access presents a relatively high additional barrier over and above Internet access itself.
    Scholars are paid by research funders and/or their universities to do research; the published article is the report of the work they have done, rather than an item for commercial gain.
    The more the article is used, cited, applied and built upon, the better for research as well as for the researcher’s career.
    It is free for all to read, and to use (or reuse) to various extents. In OA you have free access to material (mainly scholarly publications) via the Internet.

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