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Education: Open Access

This is a guide for doing research in education.

Why Open Access?

Why Open Access (OA)? open-access literature is free and available to anyone. Researchers anywhere in the world can read the scholarly output published in an open-access journal. In other words, a local teacher who does not have access to the journals subscribed to by university libraries can read the latest research findings published in an OA journal without running into a paywall.

Open Access in Education Field

OA Journals in Education (all of the gold OA journals listed below are peer-reviewed and online)

  • AERA Open: published by the American Educational Research Association, AERA Open emphasizes rapid review and dissemination of high-quality education research. Author fee: an “introductory rate” is currently set at $200.
  • Berkeley Review of Education (BRE): interdisciplinary journal edited by students from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Author fee: none
  • Cogent Education: mission is to "help researchers publish their work for a global audience." Author fee: allows authors to choose how much they contribute toward OA publication costs based on their unique financial circumstances.
  • Open Review of Education Research: publishes papers from a multidisciplinary perspective, accepting both quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as articles with historical or philosophical perspectives. Author fee: $850.
  • RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences: publishes cross-disciplinary collaborations on issues of interest to academics, policymakers, and the public at large. Author fee: none
  • SAGE Open: publishes original research and review articles in all areas of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Author fee: $395.

Hybrid journals: It should be noted that many traditional, subscription-based journals allow authors to pay an article processing fee to make an article freely available. This is known as the “hybrid model”. Below is a very selective list of high impact hybrid journals and their open access fees:

Green Open Access: Authors who cannot afford to publish an article in an OA journal that charges APCs and who cannot draw on research grants or campus open access funds to help pay for an article processing charge, can take the green route by posting a final author version of their article on a campus open-access repository. Most journal publishers give authors this right; there are no author costs involved in green OA.

Gold vs. Green: open access comes in two flavors.

  • Gold Open Access means the article is available for free, immediately upon publication on the publisher’s website.
  • Green Open Access, also known as self-archiving,allows authors to publish in traditional journals, then place a final author copy in an institutional or subject repository. There are no author costs involved in the green model.

How OA journals support themselves: Rather than charging readers a subscription fee, gold OA journals often use the "author-pays" model in which they charge authors an article processing charge (APC). Many authors charge these funds to their research grants. A number of institutions offer funds to help their authors pay for article processing charges. See the SPARC Campus Open Access Funds guide for more details.

 

Information on Open Access Textbooks

David Ernst presented at Purdue on Oct 21, 2013.   Ernst mentioned in his presentation:

  • Student debt exceeds national credit card debt
  • The average student pays $1,200 per year on textbooks
  • Some students are unable to purchase textbooks because of financial constraints
  • Some students wait until the 3rd week of class when financial aid arrives to purchase their textbooks (meaning that they are 3 weeks behind when they obtain textbooks

 Open Textbooks are provided at little or no cost to students and are modifiable by others, meaning that professors can choose a textbook and freely modify it for the exact needs of their course.  

Purdue e-Pubs

Make your publications open access by using e-Pubs.  e-Pubs are freely available for download via the Internet. Copyright is not transferred to Purdue University.  e-Pubs is for material produced at or associated with Purdue University:

  • journal articles,
  • technical reports,
  • working papers,
  • conference papers,
  • workshop materials,
  • dissertations, 
  • similar works of a scholarly nature.

Purdue e-Pubs also hosts the electronic publications of the Purdue University Press.

Purdue Open Access Dissertations

PURR: Purdue University's Research Repository (for data)

  • Need to write a data management plan for a grant?  
  • Looking for a secure place to upload and share your DATA with your research team?
  • Looking for a place where you can publish your DATA?  

The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform for Purdue researchers (including graduate students) and their collaborators.

Data Storage Library Guide

Purdue Data Storage Options (from Bob Evans, COE)

1.U: drive – a secure College of Education file server that is only accessible within BRNG. Used for departmental collaboration and allows computers in BRNG to directly "map" a drive and edit shared documents on the server. This is a secure server dedicated to internal College of Education business. The server has limited storage capacity, so storage options below are recommended for data that does not fall within the scope of this system. Most offices, centers and departments keep shared daily working documents here. Departmental secretaries store supporting documents for programs and faculty members on this system.

  1. Location:
    1. U: drive on Education Windows computers housed in BRNG
    2. Mac users: please contact Education IT for connection information
  2. Classification: Departmental Storage, Workgroup Storage

2.Career Account Storage – Purdue has historically offered a small amount f of personal storage space to all users. This storage system gives 5 GB of space that is typically available on Windows workstations as the W: drive and also appears in labs and on teacher workstations in classrooms.
a. W: drive

  1. W: drive on Education computers in BRNG
  2. Classification: Personal Storage

3.SharePoint – a departmentally owned resource for long term historical storage of departmental documents. Allows both on-campus and remote access. Good for departmental sharing, committees, small workgroups. SharePoint is also used by some faculty members to manage their own faculty member web site.

  1. Locations:
    1. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edu
    2. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edci
    3. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edst
  2. Classification: Departmental Storage; Faculty Web Sites

4.Syncplicity / BoilerBackpack – a new system (as of spring 2015) that allows individual users to store 100 GB of data and share with other users at Purdue. Also support collaboration with non-Purdue users. Good for individuals and small workgroups, but not good for long term historical storage of departmental documents because when a user leaves the University, documents in this system will be wiped/lost. Data is stored on Purdue servers but makes use of the EMC Syncplicity web interface and synchronization tools for

  1. Location: https://purdue.syncplicity.com 
  2. Classification: Personal Storage; Workgroup Storage

5.FileLocker –a security-centric system that allows files to be securely encrypted and transmitted to other users who need an encrypted and very secure file transmission. This is probably the most secure file transmission we have. Allows external users to upload a file securely. Used with Purdue restricted data. Designed for short-term sharing, documents in this system eventually expire and are auto-removed.

  1. Location: https://filelocker.purdue.edu
  2. Classification: Secure File Transmission

6.Purdue Data Depot –a high-capacity, fast, reliable and secure data storage service designed, configured and operated for the needs of Purdue researchers in any field and shareable with both on-campus and off-campus collaborators. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/storage/depot/
  2. Classification: Research Storage; Workgroup Storage

7.Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) –a research collaboration and data management solution for Purdue researchers and their collaborators. Many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require a Data Management Plan with grant proposals. While having a good data management plan does not guarantee funding, a poor data management plan may be the reason a proposal is rejected. If you're wondering what data management is, or if you're looking for data management support, PURR is a good solution for many projects. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://purr.purdue.edu/
  2. Classification: Research Storage ; Workgroup Storage

8.Fortress –a large, long-term, multi-tiered file caching and storage system utilizing both online disk and robotic tape drives. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/storage/fortress/
  2. Classification: Research Storage (long term archival)

9.ITaP Custom Storage Space –if none of the options above meet the needs of an individual or workgroup, storage can be purchased from ITaP for 15 cents per GB per year. Please contact Education IT (edit@purdue.edu) for more information and to initiate a service request.

Info from Bob Evans, COE 10-02-2015

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PURR Videos

Check out PURR’s short video series highlighting some of the datasets in our collections, all of which are open access. We track down some of PURR’s most prolific authors and put them in front of the camera to talk about their research and why they love to share their data. We find data nerds in all corners of campus, too – even Classics and Philosophy.