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Stay up to date with the latest PACT news and updates related to scholarly publishing, open access, and open science.


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The University of Maryland Libraries are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), we are extending our open access agreement with Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers and a leader in research and education. 

As of January 1, 2023, UMD faculty, staff, and students have full access to read and publish in Wiley’s full portfolio of journals at no cost. Additionally, UMD corresponding authors pay no charge to publish articles as open access; articles become open access immediately upon publication with no embargo; and there… Continue

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The campaign for open access is complicated. How does one balance the costs of copy editing, marketing, printing, and other expenses of quality publishing with the fact that publicly funded research should be available to the public at little to no cost?

This is a topic Holly Brewer, University of Maryland Burke Chair of American Cultural and Intellectual History, Associate Professor of History, and Co-Chair of the Publishing, Access and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) working group, has become passionate about over the past decade. Costs to access… Continue

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On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum regarding the open sharing of government-funded research. The memo, Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, issues guidance to all federal agencies to develop plans ensuring that publicly funded research outputs will be openly available. This new and exciting commitment to knowledge equity will have important implications for University of Maryland… Continue

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Open Access Week event

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 3:30-5:00pm | Register via Zoom

In this virtual panel presentation in honor of International Open Access Week: Open for Climate Justice, Dr. Jessica Varner (University of Southern California) and Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun (Columbia University) come together to discuss their unique interdisciplinary research in the intersections of environmental history, public health history, and industrial pollution, and the ways in which their research both relies upon and… Continue

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A perplexing question for Dr. Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and head of the Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Lab at the University of Maryland, concerns finding a balanced, pragmatic approach to the challenges and barriers facing open access.

As a researcher, editor, and editorial board member to more than 12 journals, Alexander understands both the benefits of open access to researchers and readers and the actual costs of the publishing industry. It is her experience on both… Continue

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In a huge step forward for open access at the university, the Department of Psychology has adopted new guidelines that explicitly codify open science as a core criteria in tenure and promotion review. This change was spearheaded by department chair, Michael Dougherty.

Dougherty is quoted in the announcement saying “When you think about the goal and purpose of higher education and why we take these positions, it’s because we felt there would be some good that we could impart on the world. The traditional markers of impact are how many times you’ve been cited [in a journal]. That’s… Continue

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News articles on UMD's Department of Psychology - Aligning Open Science with Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition [SPARC] University of Maryland Department of Psychology Leads the Way in Aligning Open Science with Promotion & Tenure Guidelines

Higher Education Leadership Initiative [HELIOS] … Continue

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Open Access Policy

At its meeting on April 6, 2022, University of Maryland's Senate voted to approve a new institutional policy that will advance equitable, open access to the University's research and scholarship. In alignment with the University's land-grant mission and its social justice values, the new policy, entitled "Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty," aids in the removal of price and permission barriers related to discoverability and access for anyone… Continue

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The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a one-year, cost neutral contract extension with Wiley in collaboration with the BTAA.  The agreement extends our existing Wiley Online Library Database Model contract, and includes a new Open Access (OA) option, as a pilot in collective action toward the BTAA Big Collection.… Continue

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Antoine Borrut

As the global open access scholarship movement gains momentum, many scholarly associations grapple with the complex issue of whether and how to convert their traditional, subscription based journals to an online, open access model. In a few cases, however, the conversion to open access (OA) was achieved by scholarly associations very early in the OA movement, mostly through the hard work of key leaders who recognized the value of equitable publishing and access.

One such leader and early champion of open access is Antoine Borrut, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director of… Continue

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