Radical Access: The SFU Scholarly Publishing blog

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access blog

The latest news and answers to your questions about scholarly publishing and open access.

The ethics of citations

Published by Adena Brons
This blog post was written by Joe Wright, SFU Library co-op student Citations: Often the least favourite, last minute part of the writing process, intended to uphold academic integrity by giving proper credit and allow readers to validate your work. However, as important as it is to prevent plagiarism, other ethical considerations involved in citing are often neglected.

Citation management made (even) easier: new features in Zotero

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Published by Adena Brons

This blog post was written by Sandra Maglanque, SFU Library co-op student

With the release of  Zotero 6, there are many updates and improvements to make Zotero even more convenient and functional for your research.

Data with principles: How to be FAIR, and why you should CARE

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Published by Adena Brons

This blog post was written by Joe Wright, SFU Library co-op student

The unstoppable Open Access movement is well upon us, making research accessible by removing barriers and increasing shareability. As research publications become more accessible, it raises the question of where this leaves research data.

How Community Science opens a new way of knowledge creation: the BC Parks iNaturalist Project

Published by Adena Brons

Did you know that a hiker, birder, or beachcomber can contribute to scientific knowledge while they are exploring nature? Nature enthusiasts can upload a picture and description of plant, animal, insect, fungi or other organism through an app on their cell phone. This article introduces a trend called Community (or Citizen) Science, the website iNaturalist that uses Community Science to identify plant and animal species, and the role of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in creating easy to use visualizations.

Open book publishing: The landscape of scholarly monographs

Published by Adena Brons

Conversations around open access publishing often focus on open access journals and journal articles. But what about open access books?

While scholarly monograph publishing has been slower to adopt open access due to a number of factors, proponents of open access recognize the importance of expanding Open to include book publishing.

Monographs: a path to publishing your thesis or dissertation

Published by Adena Brons

This blog post was written by Eleonora Joensuu, PhD

As you approach the end of your graduate work, you may be starting to consider and wonder about the possibility of publishing your thesis or dissertation as a book. Each publisher has their own process, but I am here to share my experiences publishing my doctoral dissertation with a major academic publisher in the hopes that it offers some insight into what the process may be like.