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OA Fund Success Stories

 

"Now I have total 2694 downloads and 1639 views. This kind of exposure will never be possible without open access publication."

Ming Hu

"Lowering the barriers to getting our work noticed and cited by a wide variety of scholars around the world is very important for maintaining our leadership in research."

Steven Anlage

"We all benefit when information is accessible to everyone, not just to select groups."

Robert Slevc

 

 

Open Access Week 21-27 October: "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge"

       
 

One reason we chose open access was to maximize the visibility of our research. More visible and accessible papers generate more ideas and feedback, which helps drive the field forward. Equally important, supporting open access will grow the importance of transparency and open information availability that could lead to standard expectation for journals, publishers, and authors, without exorbitant pricing.

- Christopher Jewell, Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering

 
       
 

Articles published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Lipid Tethering of Breast Tumor Cells Enables Real-Time Imaging of Free-Floating Cell Dynamics and Drug Response (2016), Oncotarget.

Reprogramming the Local Lymph Node Microenvironment Promotes Tolerance that Is Systemic and Antigen Specific (2016), Cell Reports.

 

 

       
 

Open access publication help me to reach a larger audience. For example, one of my papers  funded through UMD publishing fund got more than 500 views and 100 downloads in the first week of publication. Now I have total 2694 downloads and 1639 views. This kind of exposure will never be possible without open access publication.

- Ming Hu, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Optimal Renovation Strategies for Education Buildings - A Novel BIM–BPM–BEM Framework. (2018), Sustainability.

 

 

       
 

I prefer to publish in open access journals, or to use open access options, so that my work is available to the widest possible audience anywhere in the world.  I also encourage my graduate students and postdocs to consider open access publications for the same reason.  The availability of funds from the library to help offset open access charges, which can be substantial for some high profile journals, has been very helpful, especially for graduate students.

- Gerald S. Wilkinson, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Biology

 
       
 

Articles published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Meiotic Drive Impacts Expression and Evolution of X-Linked Genes in Stalk-Eyed Flies (2014),  PLoS Genetics.

Dynamic Sex-Specific Responses to Synthetic Songs in a Duetting Suboscine Passerine (2018), PLoS ONE.

 

 

       
 

I published open access as it allows my interdisciplinary research to be seen by people from different training backgrounds and institutions, irrespective of whether they have subscription to a more technical, pay-for-access journal or not. While the open access fees are quite high, support from the library made it much more affordable and practical.

- Pratyush Tiwary, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Institute for Physical Science and Technology

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Past-future information bottleneck for sampling molecular reaction coordinate simultaneously with thermodynamics and kinetics. (2019) Nature Communications.

 

       
 

We publish in open-access journals because they are so easily accessed by our colleagues around the world.  Physics is a very international business, so to speak, and lowering the barriers to getting our work noticed and cited by a wide variety of scholars around the world is very important for maintaining our leadership in research.

- Steven Anlage, Professor, Department of Physics

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Measuring the Complex Optical Conductivity of Graphene by Fabry-Pérot Reflectance Spectroscopy (2016), Scientific Reports.

 

 

       
 

I chose to pursue open access publishing because it offers opportunities for publishing research that traditional publishers are often uninterested in, such as replication research.

- R. Gordon Rinderknecht, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Effects of Participant Displeasure on the Social-Psychology Study of Power on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. (2019) SAGE Open.

 

 

       
 

Open access publishing is important to me because I want my work to be accessible (and hopefully read/cited) by a wide audience, not limited only to those people at institutions with the appropriate journal subscriptions. Because science is a collective enterprise, we all benefit when information is accessible to everyone, not just to select groups. 

- Robert Slevc, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Acoustic Correlates of Auditory Object and Event Perception: Speakers, Musical Timbres, and Environmental Sounds. (2019) Frontiers in Psychology.

 

 

 

       
 

Open access publishing is becoming increasingly popular and many well-established journals have become electronic and have open access options. This is also true in the context of climate change and environmental research. UMD libraries should continue to subsidize article processing fees especially for journals with reasonably high impact factors.

- Alok Bhargava, Professor, School of Public Policy

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Article published through the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund:

Climate Variability, Rice Production and Groundwater Depletion in India (2018), Environmental Research Letters.