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.

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

FAIR and CARE data logo
Published by Ioana Liuta

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.

Open book publishing: The landscape of scholarly monographs

Published by Ioana Liuta

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.

Publishing in-class book projects with the Library

Jordan and the Magic Cape book cover
Published by Kate Shuttleworth

Students, faculty, and staff at SFU can work with the Library to publish academic and educational content using open source software developed right here at SFU Library through our Digital Publishing division. Read on to learn about some recent book projects created by students in their classes and published with the Library.

Transformative agreements come to SFU

Published by Ioana Liuta

SFU Library is proud to announce our first two transformative agreements with scholarly publishers. As a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), SFU has recently signed agreements with SAGE Publishing and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) that open a new way to publish open access to SFU authors.

My article's been accepted for publication; How do I comply with the open access policy?

Published by Kate Shuttleworth

Depending on the source of funding for your research, you may be expected to comply with more than one open access policy or mandate. In order to insure you're adhering to the policies, we recommend checking the publisher's options for open access. SFU librarians are here to help with everything from selecting a publisher to negotiating your rights to depositing your work in Summit, so don't hesitate to get a hold of us!

Getting published: Tips for choosing an academic journal

Published by Kate Shuttleworth
As a graduate student, you may be interested in publishing an article in an academic journal. But how do you go about selecting a journal to submit to, and how can you tell if a journal is right for your work?
Ultimately the choice of where to submit your work comes down to your discipline and the topic of your paper, but as a general guide, there are three places we recommend looking for potential journals that might be suitable for your work:
  1. Your literature review.

Immediate free access to research: The scholarly response to COVID-19

Published by Ioana Liuta

This blog post was contributed by David Gill, a former SFU Reference Librarian.

Scholarly publishers have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing immediate, free open access to research on their platforms. This blog post summarizes what each publisher has made available, highlights the responses of funding agencies worldwide, and illustrates why open access to research saves lives.