Today is a feast for Open Access fans at Impactstory!
Your scholarship is more valuable when it’s available to everyone: free to be widely read, discussed, and used. Realizing this, funders increasingly mandate that articles be made freely available, and OA journals and repositories make it increasingly easy.
And today at Impactstory, we make it visible!
Where your articles have free fulltext available somewhere online, your Impactstory profile now links straight to it (we’ve found many of these automatically, but you can add links manually, too). Now along with seeing the impacts of your work, folks checking out your profile can read the papers themselves.
But openness is more than just a handy bonus: it’s an essential qualification for a modern scholar. That’s why there’s growing interest in finding good ways to report on scholars’ openness–and it’s why we’re proud to be rolling out new Open Access awards. If 10% of your articles are OA (gold or green), you get an Open Access badge at the top of your profile. For the more dedicated, there are Bronze (30% OA) and Silver (50%) award levels. The elite OA vanguard with over 80% OA articles get the coveted Gold-level award. So…which award did you get? How open are you? Check Impactstory to find out!
Don’t have a Bronze level award yet? Want to see some more of those “unlocked” icons on your profile? Great! Just start uploading those preprints to get improve your OA level, and get your chance for that t-shirt. 🙂
Finally, we’ve saved the most exciting Impactstory OA news for last: we’ll also be sending one of these new t-shirts to Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Why? Well, partly because she is and has been one of the OA movement’s most passionate, strategic, and effective leaders. But, more to the point, because we’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Heather to Impactstory’s Board of Directors. Heather joins John Wilbanks on our board, filling the vacancy left by Cameron Neylon as his term ends. Welcome Heather!