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Sunday, January 22, 2017

FlourishOA: Discover Open Access Options

As part of a team of Open Access (OA) publishing advocates, I am proud to announce FlourishOA, a new online service designed to help researchers identify credible and cost-effective OA journals that best fit their publication needs.

The push for free and easily-available access to published research has grown in the past decade, pressuring new and established publishers to explore alternative business models which allow for consumer access to content at no cost. In order to cover the costs associated with publishing, journals often assess Article Processing Charges (APCs), and many are not transparent about these fees. While a few OA journals do not charge APCs, most charge anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Researchers, funding agencies, and other stakeholders who strive to make research Open Access need a full accounting of the associated costs. FlourishOA gathers, curates, and visualizes APC data, alongside Article Influence scores (derived from Eigenfactor scores) to provide stakeholders with the information necessary to make the publishing decisions that benefit them the most.

Learn more about FlourishOA here and follow the project on Twitter for updates and new features.

(Bree Norlander is a Data Services Specialist for the UW Libraries Research Data Services and is finishing her MLIS degree through the UW iSchool. FlourishOA is a project out of the University of Washington DataLab and funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.)

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