Open Access: Montana State University Joins SCOAP3 and Knowledge Unlatched Projects
The Montana State University Library has taken a big step toward making important physics research more widely accessible.
The library recently signed on to participate in a program that makes peer-reviewed literature on particle physics open to everyone.
But a new system in which the MSU library is participating is more inclusive and promotes open, easy access to information, said Leila Sterman, MSU scholarly communication librarian.
“It was an easy choice to join SCOAP3,” Sterman said. “MSU believes in supporting open access, and so we are working to support models like this one that look viable.”
Open access to materials is important, Sterman said, because as articles become more widely accessible, their potential impact also becomes greater.
SCOAP3 is not MSU’s only foray into open access initiatives. Sterman added that MSU also recently signed on to participate in another group known as Knowledge Unlatched, which offers open access to a pilot collection of 28 books.
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