Open Access

I worked to establish open access licenses at WHOI and MIT that enable all members of the scientific community to make the majority of their scientific publications freely accessible through institutional repositories and other venues, regardless of whether they pay an open access fee or publish in an open access journal. 

MIT News article: “Thanks to the efforts of Cara Manning PhD ’16, the MIT Libraries, and many others across the Institute, MIT is launching a new way for authors of scholarly articles to legally hold onto rights to reuse and post their articles, and for others to more easily build on that work. As of this month, all MIT authors, including students, postdocs, and staff, can opt in to an open access license.”

Cape Cod Times article: “Cara Manning, a graduate of the joint marine science graduate degree program offered by WHOI and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the impetus for the WHOI policy. She proposed it (and one at MIT that applied to students, in addition to the faculty policy adopted in 2009) after she submitted a paper from her doctoral work based on work funded by the National Science Foundation and was told she would have to transfer the copyright before the article was peer reviewed.”

I presented on these efforts to develop open access licenses at WHOI during Open Access week in October 2016, and the slides are available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1912/8471.

When deciding where to publish and whether to accept an invitation to review or submit an article or attend a conference from an unfamiliar organization, I recommend that authors check whether the organization is a predatory publisher. One useful resource for evaluating publications is Think. Check. Submit.