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.

Two new transformative agreements to benefit SFU researchers

Published by Ioana Liuta
SFU Library is pleased to announce the launch of 2 new transformative open access agreements with scholarly publishers. Through our membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), SFU has recently signed agreements with Elsevier and Oxford University Press.

On extended access to research: an interview with a community scholar

Published by Alison Moore
The Community Scholars Program, initiated and coordinated by SFU Library, provides access to academic publications to employees of charities and non-profits in the local communities of six BC universities. We were able to interview a Community Scholar, in order to gain a glimpse into the perspective of a participant, hear their thoughts on various aspects of the program and the value of accessible research outputs, from the perspective of the non-profit sector.

The ethics of citations

Published by Alison Moore
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.

A Decolonized Approach to Scholarly Communication - FSCI2020

Published by Alison Moore

At the beginning of August, I took part in the 2020 Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI2020) virtual conference. Participants at FSCI attend courses that focus on one area of scholarly communication, for example, SFU Librarian Kate Shuttleworth wrote about the course "Collaboration, Communities and Collectives: Understanding Collaboration in the Scholarly Commons" in her blog post about FSCI 2018.

Dear Eminent Researcher: How to assess a conference invitation and avoid predatory conferences

Published by Alison Moore

We discussed predatory journals in a previous blog post, but you may have also heard of predatory conferences. Conferences are an important piece of the scholarly publishing world, and give you valuable opportunities to present research and network with colleagues. Just as it’s important to do research on journals before publishing, it’s important to look into conferences you are thinking of attending. Poor quality and deceptive conferences can be hard to spot; here is some information on what to look for, and how they operate. 

Envisioning the future of scholarly communication: A recap of the Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) 2018

Published by Kate Shuttleworth

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the week-long Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute at University of California San Diego this summer, having received a tuition scholarship from the Institute. This was an intense week of learning, exchanging stories and ideas, and imagining the future of scholarly communication.