This open access glossary is meant to give context to key-concepts, models and policy guidelines in open access publishing. The list focuses on general open access terms as well as terms specifically interesting for media scholars. It will be updated regularly.
Last update: June 26, 2017, 2:55pm
Academia.edu: Social networking platform whose primary aim is to connect researchers with common interests. This is not the equivalent of an institutional repository. It doesn’t meet all the necessary open access requirements, like long term preservation, metadata harvesting, etc. Above all it’s a commercial enterprise.
APC (Article Processing Charge): An APC or Article Processing Charge is a publishing fee paid to the publisher to make an article free at point of access.
Audiovisual essay: A relatively new (digital only) academic publication form of re-edited and recombined images and sounds from preexisting film, TV and digital works. These works profit hugely from open content, to be found in open archives and databases like Openbeelden. Audio-visual essay platforms are: AUDIOVISUALCY and MediaCommons – In Transition.
Berlin Declaration: The Berlin Deceleration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 22 October 2003 was written in English. It is one of the milestones of the Open Access movement. By July 2016 over 565 institutions worldwide signed the declaration.
BPC (Book Publication Charge): A BPC or Book Processing Charge is a publishing fee paid to the publisher to make a book free at point of access.
Creative Commons (CC): A non-profit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others within the framework of national copyright laws. The Creative Commons suite of free copyright licenses provides a simple, standardized way to give users permission to share and use creative and scholarly work.
CC-BY: One of the Creative Commons licenses and generally seen as the one true open access license. CC-BY allows full re-use of the work. Never to be mistaken with copyright.
Diamond Open Access: Basically these journals are free to read and free to publish in. They charge no APCs and are often financed by sponsorships, grants, institutional funds, etc. Examples are Alphaville – Journal of Film and Screen Media and NECSUS – European Journal of Media Studies. In the humanities you see quite a lot of Diamond Open Access journals.
DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Currently there are 282 books related to the tag ‘media‘ to be found in the DOAB.
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals and today contains ca. 9000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. Currently there are 65 journals related to the tag ‘media studies‘ to be found in the DOAJ.
DOI: A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier is a type of persistent identifier used to uniquely identify objects. The DOI system is particularly used for electronic documents such as journal articles. However, DOIs are also used for datasets and thus media files stored in dedicated institutional databases like Harvard Dataverse or cloud-storage services like figshare.
Europeana Collections: EU-funded multi-lingual open access portal with millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections (like film archives).
Fair-use or Fair-use policy: Fair use is a US legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) has published a statement on fair-use policies here. Also, the SCMS published a best practices document for film and media studies writings. Keep in mind that fair-use isn’t applicable for all countries. In the Netherlands for instance, there is no such thing as fair-use. Permission from rights holders is always needed. Please note that fair-use isn’t the same thing as academic citation right.
Gold Open Access: Authors who wish to make their work openly accessible is to publish in an open access journal (“gold open access”). There are many business models for open access journals. Open access can be provided by traditional publishers, who may publish open access as well as subscription-based journals, or open access publishers such as Public Library of Science (PLOS), who publish only open access journals.
Gratis Open Access: Content is available without price barriers but with permission barriers. In most cases this content is licensed under restrictive terms and permission for re-use is needed. See also Libre Open Access.
Hybrid journal: A hybrid open access journal is in fact a subscription journal in which you have the option to pay an APC to publish your article in open access. This practice is criticized since it potentially leads to double-dipping (see double-dipping).
Libre Open Access: Content is available without price and permission barriers. See also Gratis Open Access.
OAPEN: The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
Open Access: Refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g. access tolls) and free of many restrictions on use (e.g. certain copyright and license restrictions). Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs.
Peer review: process of evaluation of an academic article or book, prior to publication to ensure a certain standard of quality. Peers are experts in the article’s subject or discipline. There are many ways of reviewing, e.g. double blind peer review, board reviews and more recently open review, or other forms such as post-publication peer review. There is no global standard for peer review. It’s all about being transparant about the procedure(s). Journals and publishers should state on their homepage what model they use.
Predatory journal: Since 2008, Jeffrey Beall, librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, concerned with the quality issue of open access journals. In 2010 he began to draw up a list (the Beall’s List) of fake and exploitive journals, the so-called predatory journals. The list has received much acclaim since then. However in the last two years it also received a lot criticism as well. It’s not always clear why a publishing house or journals get a mention on his list. Such a decision is almost always made by Beall himself, without having a clear, visible procedure presented to the outside world. Transparency is an obvious problem. Read more about the criticism here and here. Update February 21st, 2017: Beall’s list suddenly got offline by mid-January and all activities related to his blog seem to be erased from the internet. Up till now it’s unclear why this has happened and one can only speculate about the reasons behind it. There is an archived website here (please note this won’t be updated anymore).
Preprint: a version of a scholarly paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The preprint is usually a non-typeset version, which can be distributed for free, before or after a final version is published in a journal.
Preprint server: a database / repository for storing preprints, usually for one specific discipline. Examples are ArXiv, SSRN, LawArXiv, SocArXiv, etc. etc.
Repository: An online archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.
Sherpa/Romeo: RoMEO is part of SHERPA Services based at the University of Nottingham. RoMEO has collaborative relationships with many international partners, who contribute time and effort to developing and maintaining the service. Current RoMEO development is funded by JISC.
Subject-repository: Subject-based repositories collect publications and grey-literature in a particular discipline or a range of disciplines. ArXiv.org for the sciences and Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) are good examples. Note that the last one has recently been bought by Elsevier, which makes it vulnerable for commercially driven decisions.
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