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Sep 22, 2021 ·

Open access has well-documented benefits to the dissemination of research, thereby speeding up the process of science from abstract research to real-world applications. While exact estimates can vary, a large body of research suggests that open access articles are cited more often and more quickly than articles published in traditional formats. In the health sciences, this is particularly important, as the translation of science from lab research to clinical applications has the potential to improve human health and well-being, and even to save lives. Open access publishing helps break down the barriers to research dissemination and access, thereby improving the chain of communication that connects researchers to health care workers on the front lines. Indeed, medical researchers have long known that there is a disconnect between research and practice, and billions of dollars are wasted globally every year on research that fails to effectively translate into medical policy and practice. When medical research is involved, the pitfalls of traditional scholarly publishing are not just an issue for researchers, because they also affect governments, health care workers, and the health of the public at large.
graph demonstrating the relative citation rate of open access articles vs non open access articles by discipline

The relative citation rate (OA: non-OA) in 19 fields of research. This rate is defined as the mean citation rate of OA articles divided by the mean citation rate of non-OA articles. Multiple points for the same discipline indicate different estimates from the same study, or estimates from several studies. Image used under a CC-BY license. Source: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16800.002

This is even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the biomedical research community quickly realized that the traditional pace of science was too slow for fighting a rapidly developing global pandemic. There is a need for fast, effective research, and for that research to be disseminated as widely as possible, so that it could quickly be used to inform policy and clinical practice. This is especially true given the global nature of the pandemic. The limitations placed on accessing information in traditional journals particularly impacts developing nations and disadvantaged regions, who were also hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Providing open information access to everyone at the same time helps achieve equity and contributes to the global success of pandemic control measures.

Preprints are a form of “green” open access, where researchers put early (but completed) versions of their manuscripts in online repositories ahead of peer
review and formal publication in traditional academic journals, allowing the research to be accessed much more quickly. Medical researchers quickly capitalized on this form of publishing in the wake of COVID-19. Indeed, according to a recent study, around 25% of the COVID-19 articles published in the first ten months of the pandemic were first published as preprints. The benefits of publishing preprints are also clear from the study: nearly 30% of the preprints were reported in news articles, and 52 of 81 policy documents reviewed in the study cited preprints. The traditional, often glacial, pace of academic research dissemination never could have supported the rapid need for COVID-19 information at a global scale, and the use of preprints continues to be an invaluable tool in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some have rightfully criticized the lack of peer review for preprints to potentially cause negative outcomes, such instances have been minimal and swiftly corrected. Indeed, the open nature not only of the articles themselves but also of their criticism is one of the benefits of open access publishing. In fact, according to the Retraction Watch database, at the time of writing, of the 138 articles related to COVID-19 that have been retracted, only 22 are preprints. Bad science can happen anywhere, regardless of the publishing venue, and all researchers need to be vigilant and use their own judgment before acting on any information, especially in the health sciences.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the limitations of traditional scholarly publishing models, and the benefits of open access publishing, have been made clear, especially when lives are at stake. If you are interested in learning more about open access publishing, take a look at our Open Access Library Guide, or contact the Researcher Support Team!

Aug 30, 2021 ·

tDAR news post by Chris Nicholson Director for the Center for Digital Antiquity on the value of sharing Data and FAIR Data is good for science.

Aug 20, 2021 ·

Students have moved into their dorms, instructors are finalizing their syllabi, and research projects are getting underway. Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester!

ASU Library Researcher Support is ready to help you plan for a successful and productive research agenda this year. Our team can help point you to the right resources or develop a strategy for a thorough literature review. We can guide you through developing a data management plan or starting up a research notebook (pro-tip: join the #labarchives channel on Slack). And when you’re ready to share your findings with the world, we can help evaluate potential publishing partners and ensure global access through our KEEP and Research Data repositories.

two female librarians wearing face masks discuss their research We partner with ASU Researcher Support and ASU Research Data Management to stay connected to university services and resources to boost the success of all researchers at ASU. You can learn more about all the ways ASU supports researchers, including presenters from the ASU Library, at the 3rd annual GRASP Conference on September 7.

It’s never too early to contact us. Start the new academic year off right by making sure you have the right tips, tools, and connections to succeed in your research projects.

See you in the library!

 

 

Jun 07, 2021 ·

Zotero 'Z' logo You’ve completed your research. Collected your citations in Zotero, and now you’re ready to work on your presentation, research poster, article or book chapter with colleagues. Did you know you can share your citations with other Zotero users and researchers with Zotero groups just as easily as you share content on social media?   

Your Zotero online library includes Zotero public and private groups that have profile pages with descriptions and a listing of members.  Choose a private group if you need to restrict the group to select members and not be discoverable to outside users. Public groups are great if you’d like the group discoverable via Zotero, and have members more easily join your group, either openly, or by invitation only. 

Zotero Group Categories
  1. Public open group, anyone can view and join the group,
  2. Public closed group, anyone can view, but new members have to be invited to join,
  3. Private closed group, only visible to members, and members have to be invited. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to invite members by selecting member settings, and then sending email invitations. Zotero groups are available on the web, and on the Zotero app.  Use the Zotero app to add citations to Zotero groups the same way you add Zotero citations to your personal library, dragging and dropping citations, using the Zotero extension, or manually adding citations.  

Bioarchaeology group settings example
Group Example: Bioarchaeology Group Settings

Now that you created your groups, you can start collaborating remotely with colleagues and sharing references with other Zotero users at your institution or anyone online. And Zotero groups are always synced so any shared information is instantly available to colleagues. 

There are built-in features that make collaboration even more powerful. For example, use the notes function to write text for each citation that you find. Added notes can inform and enhance communication with your research project members or colleagues and benefit research, like how an article would be important for a presentation, or an upcoming conference poster. 

Zotero Notes Tags example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example of Zotero Notes Tags

You can also use the built-in tag functionality to draw attention to a citation. Like Twitter hashtags, tagging citations has many added benefits. Use tags to organize your citations for a subject important for the project, or by name of a course or class.   Tags help to group like-items together for discovery, like tagging your name to show who has added what items to each group library. 

Zotero groups live on zotero.org and are synced with your Zotero citations, and each group includes a URL link.  You can share group citation collections with your team, and share your public citations on blogs, Twitter posts, Facebook, and Instagram.  Users click on your Zotero group URL to view your citations, and you don’t need to include the entire citation list.  Just the link!  

Zotero groups can be a helpful way to easily share citations publicly or privately with ongoing research. Taking the time to collect your citations in Zotero is only half the battle. Sharing them with colleagues using Zotero Groups is where the wonderful collaboration magic happens! 

For more information on creating and using Zotero Groups, see: www.zotero.org/support/groups

Mimmo Bonanni
Social Sciences Librarian

May 20, 2021 ·

There it is in your email inbox - an invitation to submit an article to a journal! Perhaps it is addressed to “Dr. Your Full Name.” Perhaps they refer to another article you recently published or posted, suggesting your expertise would fit within the scope of their journal. This is flattering - you are getting recognized!

But what do you do next? How should you respond?

Unfortunately, with a little skepticism.

Many sketchy journal publishers use email invitations to solicit articles for their journals, but these are less likely to benefit you and your publishing goals. You may find yourself being published in a place you’d regret later, or being saddled with publishing costs you weren’t expecting. Whenever you receive an unexpected email from a journal publisher, take a few moments to examine it critically before deciding whether to respond.

the words Think in a red oval, Check in a yellow oval, and Submit in a green oval
Think. Check. Submit

  1. Have you heard of this publisher or journal before? Does the journal title seem overly broad (such as International Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences)? Would your research actually fit within the scope of the journal?
  2. Does the email provide information about publishing timelines or peer review? If so, does the timeline seem reasonable? Are they clear about the type of peer review they use?
  3. Is the journal indexed in a service that you know or use, such as UlrichsWeb, Scopus, or the Directory of Open Access Journals? Note: Google Scholar is not an indexing service.
  4. Do they mention any publication fees? If so, do they explain what the fees are for and when they would be charged (for example - after acceptance)?

You should be able to find the answers to these questions in the email, but if you are still unsure, you can discover a lot by visiting the publisher’s website or doing a basic search.

  1. Can you easily identify the publisher? Is it clearly displayed on the journal website?
  2. Does the journal have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, e.g., 1234-5678)?
  3. Is it easy to find the latest articles published by the journal? Do they seem to be of good quality?
  4. Do you recognize any of the editorial board members? Do the board members mention the journal on their own websites?
  5. Can you find their submission or author guidelines? Are they clear and easy to understand?

If the answer to most of these questions is “no,” think carefully about the risk to your reputation before choosing to submit. Even if the journal is not actively trying to scam you, it may not be a good home for your work if you are hoping to establish your scholarly reputation! You don’t have to respond to an invitation you weren’t expecting, and there are lots of other ways to find the right journal for you.

Here are few great resources on reviewing journals before choosing to publish:

May 14, 2021 ·

You might be familiar with the acronym DMP (Data Management Plan). DMPs have been mandatory portions of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) grant proposal process for years. They have since become standard inclusions in other funding requests as a sign that the researcher considered managing their data ethically and responsibly. Starting January 25, 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require a DMSP with all funding requests. Currently, only grants for $500,000 or more are required to submit a data management plan.

So why the added “S”? A DMSP is a Data Management and Sharing Plan. How is this different? A DMP only suggests you will manage your data. The goal of a DMSP is to share the data from your research. Perhaps not every byte of your raw data needs to be shared, but you need to plan to be transparent in your research process. Other researchers will be able to access your data when you have completed and published your findings allowing them to validate or replicate your results. They might even use your data to fuel their own research. So try not to make it hard for them to interpret your data and plan and treat your data like your other publications.

There are new ways to share your data and increase your impact measurements. The DMP Tool now can link your DMP to a PID (Persistent Identifier) allowing your DMP to be shared and cited. Research data repositories, such as ASU Dataverse, can also generate PIDs so your data can be cited and shared as it is discovered and used. Open research will continue to fuel discovery and allow all researchers to build on past research. Be prepared to share your data and consult the resources at ASU Knowledge Enterprise and  early in your research development process. 

DMP Tool logo
DMP Tool logo

May 05, 2021 ·

Last October, just before releasing ASU’s Dataverse Research Data Repository, we ran a series of posts for Open Access Week 2020 and included one on FAIR and CARE of researcher datasets. The repository is now live and, while we are learning new things each day, our goal remains consistent: publish ASU research that is FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. FAIR metadata helps computer systems find, access, interoperate, and reuse research data because of the sheer volume and rapidity with which researchers now produce data.

FAIR data sharing quickly became a community norm, supporting funder policies that include these leading principles -- requiring more advanced organizing of research data beyond just giving someone a download link and citation. Whether you’re publishing your data with ASU or disciplinary repositories that meet the FAIR data principles criteria, we can help you set up a working plan that keeps your data organized and documented to meet funder requirements for sharing and enhance discovery and reuse.

Recently published datasets

To highlight the discovery and reuse of ASU Research, here are a couple of recently published datasets on ASU Dataverse:

COVID Futures Wave 1 Survey Data dataset page

COVID Futures Wave 1 Survey Data dataset page

The COVID Future panel survey, a project to understand how people expect to change their travel behavior after COVID-19, released its first dataset in March 2021. The team from ASU and the University of Illinois at Chicago was one of the first to deploy dataset guestbooks, a key feature of Dataverse. Dataset guestbooks help a team provide access, and help inform how others are either interested or intend to use the data, aiding in relationship building between researchers. Additionally, it provides a data use agreement and data licensing statement. This dataset has already been accessed over a thousand times!

The United States Regional Climate Change Assessment dataset page

The United States Regional Climate Change Assessment dataset page

This month we published 2090-2099 Projected Climates and Urban Development Scenarios - Conterminous U.S. (CONUS) Simulation Data, a multi-decade climate projection into the year 2099 based on current scientific thinking. The team is sharing simulation data across the contiguous United States projected nearly a century into the future. At over 18 terabytes, this dataset is exponentially larger than all the collections the ASU Library published, combined, via our digital repository services over the past decade. The large uploads required the use of a special direct upload process using the Dataverse API, and team member Aldo Brandi worked with us to prepare the metadata and related publications references. One of the most important aspects of this dataset is the use of a readme file to enrich the metadata and provide a foundation for reuse. Readme information is now a recommended component for dataset publishing.

Working with the Library and ASU Research Data Management

The ASU Research Data Management team works towards creating accountability for publicly-funded research through long-term preservation actions that make your research ready for the future. Like journal articles, research data requires contextual information for discovery in conventional search engines, repository catalogs, and the library’s One Search. Our team will work with you to enrich the information for machine learning as well as human interaction. In the end, you’ll have a more long-lasting and accessible home for your research data.

If you are an ASU researcher and choose ASU Dataverse, submit a request via our request form and select ‘Request submission to Dataverse Research Data repository’. The library will get back to you within two business days to start the process, and we will share our readme file template to help guide you through the documentation and metadata required for FAIR publishing.
 

Contact us and get started today.

Matthew Harp
Research Data Management Librarian Matthew Harp

 

Feb 03, 2021 ·

February 8 - 12th is Love your Data week and the Office for Research Data Management, which ASU Library is a proud partner put together a list of information including data science training hosted by ASU Library's Data Analytics Lab, webinars on getting the most from ASU's enterprise research notebook LabArchives, and resources for research data publishing and sharing. Join us and celebrate how much we all Love our research data.

Highlights

KEEP CALM and Publish Data OMG! You have to publish your data? Federal funding agencies expect grant recipients to provide access to the data products resulting from their research. At proposal submission you have to describe how you will manage and publish your data. Research Data Services at Knowledge Enterprise and the ASU Library can advise you on your Data Management Plan, support your data science needs during active research, and provide data publishing assistance when you are ready to make your data available. So, don't leave it until the last minute. Speak to us early in your proposal development and find out how we can help. Learn more


Research Information Management. ASU provides LabArchives, an enterprise-grade electronic research notebook, at no cost to faculty, researchers, staff and students. LabArchives is perfect for managing your research and keeping track of data, images, and any other digital information you use in your work. In support of Love Data Week, LabArchives is running a number of webinars to help you get the most out of the product. Whether you already use it or are just thinking about it, there are sessions you will find useful. Learn more.


Love doing more with your research data? 

data visualization cloud Learn more about data science and analytics attending one of the ASU Library's Unit for Data Science and Analytics Open Labs where you can "learn the ins and outs of data science and get connected with experts, collaborators and compelling projects!" Students, faculty and staff, of all levels and disciplines welcome. All open labs will be virtual on select Wednesdays from 10 – 11 am, including one on Feb 10 during Love Data Week for a fun exploration on Playful Approaches to Social Data (60 minutes, Zoom).


Do you have data you could share with your ASU colleagues?

Maybe you downloaded and processed some satellite data, adding value to them. Or, you have ecological field data that a colleague might use in their social science research. Or, you have economic data that a colleague could use in their spatial analysis. You know these data could be useful to other ASU researchers, but you don't know how to let colleagues know you have them. We are currently testing an ASU internal-use data catalog as a proof of concept. Our goal is to create a data repository that the ASU research community can leverage to increase transdisciplinary research activities. If you are interested in contributing data, please contact the Research Data Management Office.

Feb 01, 2021 ·

Feb 3rd - Motivational interviewing - The Unit for data science program manager, Kerri Rittschof will discuss the topic of motivational interviewing as a qualitative approach to gather information and/or data in an effort to better understand our audience and determine their wants and needs.

Students, faculty and staff, of all levels and disciplines, are welcome to attend all-virtual open lab workshops offered by the ASU Library's Unit for Data Science and Analytics. Open Lab is an opportunity to network, seek mentors and projects, gain skills and work on real-world problems using data science.

Vist the Data Science Open Lab event page to learn more and join.

Jan 19, 2021 ·

The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub recently announced a soft-launch of the new ASU GeoData platform which is going to be a huge asset to researchers from every discipline. The goal of ASU GeoData is to provide a data discovery and exploration platform for multiple forms of geographically-referenced data. ASU GeoData shares, primarily, the data, maps, and imagery managed by the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub.  

ASU GeoData portal screenshot

 

 

 

Researcher Support is excted to extend this notice as a further development in resources and services provided by the ASU Library.

Dec 16, 2020 ·

Researchers get recognized for your data management plans, help others, and win one of 10 $100 prizes.

Dec 07, 2020 ·

In collaboration with ASU Learning Enterprise, the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub invites you to a whole new free and open-to-the-public workshop experience.

Nov 04, 2020 ·

As a graduate student at ASU, you may find yourself working in a research lab or a major project sponsored by a national funding agency but you may not always start a project with the skills you need to be efficient and successful. Here are a couple of opportunities both in and outside of ASU to give you extra research superpowers.

ASU Library Data Science and Analytics

Learn the ins and outs of data science, and get connected with experts, collaborators, and compelling projects at the ASU Library Data Science Open Lab which repeats every other Wednesdays on November 4th and 18th 2020. On November 17th the fourth and last session of their “Introduction to Python” workshop. Miss any of the previous workshops or need a refresher; no worries, the center provides the resources you need once you register for the event. On November 18th join them for an “Introduction to Machine Learning” to learn the concepts of machine learning, using a computer to perform a task. All sessions are virtual. Information and registration information on the Data Science Open Lab Event page.

Webinars from outside ASU

The library and research community recognize the critical role graduate students play in the research process across disciplines. The next DataOne webinar “What we wish we had learned in Graduate School - a data management training roadmap for graduate students.” As the description notes, “Data management training for graduate students is a very important but often undervalued area of graduate school education. Many graduate students will go on and become professionals who are using, producing, and/or managing data that have tremendous benefits for both the research community and society.  This session covers the data lifecycle and data management training which typically are not part of the core curriculum in graduate school.” The session is part of the ongoing DataOne Webinar Series “with discussions on open science, the role of the data lifecycle, and achieving innovative science through shared data and ground-breaking tools” on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

Oct 22, 2020 ·

There is an African proverb that illustrates open access for me, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." The idea of working collaboratively in life, and with information, can help us to achieve more than we can do on our own.

LOCAL contextsPrior to information science, I studied anthropology, the study of humanity, societies, and cultures. A core concept in anthropology is “otherness.” It underlines the importance of understanding differing points of view like gender and identity, race and ethnic relations, and social justice issues through observation and ethnography to effect change (Given, 2008). I believe that these ideals can be applied to open access as well.

Recently, we saw the impact of open communication in facilitating protest movements around the nation, highlighting inequities in our society. It brought together people who, isolated by a pandemic, nevertheless shared common ideals. When we make information freely available to everyone, we can exchange ideas and work together to effect change, despite our “otherness.” 

The essence of anthropology is to understand that a community includes and merits the voices of everyone. In that way, OA and anthropology are aligned as they both embrace a spirit of generosity and sharing to better understand our world. However, in practice, this is not as simple as it seems due to our conflicted history of colonization. In Centering Rationality, the authors discuss ways of sharing of knowledge and cultural works from indigenous communities (Littletree et al., 2020). Our museums and libraries showcase indigenous artwork, photographs, traditions, history but most of these earlier works were collected without the permission or input of indigenous communities. How do we share materials that are not truly ours to share, such as sensitive materials related to religious ceremonies, or perhaps shouldn’t be shared, out of respect for the deceased (Anderson, 2005)? Our history of exploitation makes sharing a challenge because to share, there has to be trust and acknowledgment of the contributions of generations of indigenous people. Recently, digital technology has opened up opportunities for indigenous communities to label and preserve traditional digital objects like photos and videos (“Traditional Knowledge,” 2018). Initiatives like Local Contexts illustrate that creative commons licenses do not do enough to protect indigenous rights to share content (“Local Contexts, 2020”). They encourage the use of traditional knowledge licenses in addition to creative commons to limit the sharing of sensitive materials to specific groups. This type of culturally appropriate regulation gives agency to indigenous people to decide what is appropriate to share (“Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge,” 2010).

OA is essential because it breaks down silos of knowledge and makes connections between disciplines that are not always obvious. Our challenge will be to do so in a way that honors traditional forms of knowledge and takes care to provide access responsibly and respectfully. As an anthropologist, and librarian, I believe we can commit to enacting positive social change, by sharing information that illustrates a culture of acceptance and inclusion, and engaging in open dialogue on diversity issues in our curriculum, teaching, and practice. Our shared ideals will be our beacon.

Mimmo Bonanni, Social Sciences Librarian Mimmo Bonanni

Oct 21, 2020 ·

Open COVID pledge logo
Open COVID pledge
Almost 10 years ago, while working in a public health department, a nurse asked me for suggestions on journals to publish in. I asked several questions about her goals, including whether she wanted traditional publishing or open access (OA)? She had answers for the other questions but wasn’t sure what I meant by open access. I explained the concept of the movement to OA , the various models (green vs gold), and traditional impact factor, such as Journal Citation Reports vs “real world” impact measured by altmetrics. I could see when the lightbulb came on. She wanted open access, believing it aligned with the ethics and the mandates of public health and her personal moral compass.

As we continue to deal with the many issues amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, we see, once again, the value of open access. Even before the Open COVID Pledge, many journals published all research on the Novel Coronavirus openly, knowing health care providers around the world were desperate for any facts, any information, any treatments they could use. Previous health crises have had similar effects - Zika virus, MERS, Ebola - each time there was a crisis there was a rush to provide information and make it freely and openly available.

Starting in 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made it mandatory for all research funded by the NIH be made available to the public  by publishing in journals that allow open access and/or adding the researchers article to PubMed Central, an open access health sciences repository. This mandate has led to a general expectation that health research will be made available to all (unfortunately, not yet true). But now, during a pandemiccrisis, it has become critical. The New England Journal of Medicine published “Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report” on July 17 openly, available to anyone in the world. Since then, dexamethasone has become a standard treatment for moderately and severely ill patients with COVID-19. With research being shared, what is known about COVID-19 increases and treatment improves. As treatment improves, fewer patients die and death rates decrease. Lives are being saved.

Arizona State University’s charter ensures that not only are we involved in a myriad of COVID-19 research, but we also support sharing research results “...assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it [ASU] serves”. 

Janice Hermer, Health Sciences Librarian

Janice Hermer photo
Janice Hermer

 
Oct 20, 2020 ·

In celebration of the second decade of Open Access Week, we want to share with you some new developments in ASU Library Research Data services and updates to our institutional repository, first launched in 2011. 

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Screenshot from Repository Services dashboard highlighting KEEP, Legacy Repository, and Dataverse
This fall, we are unveiling ASU’s new institutional repository, KEEP, which I cannot tell you how excited we are to share this with you! KEEP provides the ASU Community the ability to self-archive in an open access repository, to promote global discoverability and use of ASU’s scholarly research.  Preserving all the functionality of the legacy digital repository, KEEP has a completely revamped  interface, with enhanced page reading, improved image sharing and citation, and clearer navigation that is specifically designed for scholarly literature.  The improved metadata and presentation capabilities alone make this an enormous leap for your works. KEEP features enhanced descriptions and a more polished presentation, which means more people will be able to find, read, use, and cite your work. Complimenting KEEP, later this month we will unveil our new Research Data Repository powered by Dataverse,* bringing more access and discovery, and more opportunities for integrating scholarly literature (IR) and research data publishing to improve the reach and impact of your work. These services will help meet our obligations with funders, publishers, and our institutional policies including our commitment to the ASU Open Access Policy approved by the University Senate in 2017.

These updates have also challenged us to take a hard look at our practices. We therefore look to two very important principles that inform our collection policies and enhance our sharing practices. We recognize that open is important, but open is also relevant to the communities that we work with in our research. We seek to engage with the rights and interests of Indigenous People by adopting the CARE principles for Indigenous Data Governance and we recognize a greater worldview which will be complemented by the FAIR principles for scientific data management and stewardship: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable data. A driving force in the modern library is direct and sustained community engagement. Expanding access to relevant, authentic information is a foundation for us, but so too is respecting the sources of information and how it was intended to be used and by whom in responsible and thoughtful ways.  

Setting these principles front and center drives our collaborations and services from the start, and will become a focal point for innovation in sharing data that is more discoverable and moves us beyond colonialistic practices. This focus on our principles is no accident and comes at as a natural progression of examining our services and recognizing what is important. This summer (2020) the ASU Library issued an Indigenous land acknowledgement statement about the place that the library and the university have inhabited for more than a century in an effort to begin the healing process through the acknowledgement of our occupancy of indigenous land. In September ASU announced sustained funding for the ASU Library’s Community Driven Archives initiative focused on developing and executing a series of strategies to make Arizona’s historical records more accurate and inclusive. As we celebrate Open Access week, we continue highlighting and emphasizing underrepresented voices, making  progress towards increased inclusion and empathy set forth by our university mission. It’s who we are and as our other contributors this week will tell you, we need to take action to make sure everyone is heard - now more than ever. We invite you to the conversation. 

Matthew Harp
Research Data Management Librarian Matthew Harp

*Dataverse Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others' work more easily. Learn more at dataverse.org

Oct 19, 2020 ·

Open Access Week 2020 October 19-25 Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world. Each year, the ASU Library takes this opportunity to promote Open Access activities and initiatives and have fun while we’re at it. 

Open access means providing unrestricted access and re-use to scholarly research and has the potential to transform traditional publishing models and how people connect with information.

This year’s theme, “Open With a Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion” is an invitation to examine the publishing ecosystem, both traditional scholarly publishing, and newer open access models, and recognize that our systems and practices are built upon legacies of historic injustice. We acknowledge that many of the ways we communicate scholarship and research perpetuate inequities of participation and access and continue to dismiss historically marginalized ways of knowledge construction. Many of these systems are financial, such as ever-increasing subscription costs for journals and an emphasis on article processing charges to sustain open access publishers, which means only those who can pay can participate in the scholarly conversation. And some of these systems are reputational, such as continued reliance on journal impact metrics in promotion and tenure processes despite institutional values for public engagement, which disadvantage new and innovative modes of scholarship, non-English language journals, and research involving or with underrepresented communities and voices.

At Arizona State University, our commitment to open access aligns with our charter to define success by “whom we include and how they succeed.” We have made some significant steps forward though passing an Open Access Policy in 2017, establishing a repository to share and preserve ASU scholarship, and improving support for data management and access. ASU Library provides discounts to ASU authors for some open access publishing charges and contributes to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the most comprehensive and authoritative index of open access journals. 

But there are many more actions we can take as individual scholars to not only improve access to scholarly research but also to make research and scholarship more inclusive. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  1. Learn more about the economics and business models of scholarly publishing by watching the documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.

  2. Start to notice gaps in representation in your field. For example, consider the last article you published and review the authors you cited. How many are women or people of color?

  3. Consider posting your articles in the ASU KEEP repository or a disciplinary repository of your choice to expand the reach and impact of your work. Most journal publication agreements allow authors to self-archive a version of their article.

  4. Sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and commit to not using journal-based metrics in evaluation.

And stay tuned all week to learn more about open access and taking action to build structural equity and inclusion in research and scholarship!

Anali Maughan Perry, Head, Learning Services Division and Scholarly Communication Librarian Anali Perry

Oct 16, 2020 ·

ASU Library Unit for Data Science and Analytics now offering a six-module ASU Canvas Foundations of Data Science certification course.