Celebrating Open Access Week 2016

October 25, 2016

We love celebrating open access week here at CSP. It provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the work we’ve done to support open access over the last year and to celebrate our success and the success of others as we continue to develop open access models and policies and promote the open access research published in our journals, most notably, Arctic Science and FACETS. This year, we are also celebrating a third success with the announcement of our newest open access journal, Anthropocene Coasts

The 2016 theme of open access week is Open in Action. Taking action and leading the way with open access publishing in Canada is something that we are incredibly proud of and this year’s theme allows us to highlight some of our achievements over the last year. This year, to celebrate open access week we’re highlighting our top 10 “Open in Action” moments over the last 12 months. 

1) You told us what you needed and we delivered

Back in 2014 we reached out to our community to identify any needs or gaps related to open access publishing. We heard from you that there was both a desire and a need for more open access publishing options, but not just any open access channels, trusted open access options that prioritize quality, sound peer review, and have a comprehensive Editorial Board. Based on your feedback we built a vision for FACETS, Canada’s first multidisciplinary open access science journal and we officially launched during OA week in 2015.

2) We delivered the platform and you delivered the research 

Launching a new open access multidisciplinary journal is not for the faint-hearted! It takes months, sometimes even years, to pull together the various pieces required to launch a journal.  Before even opening for submissions you need a full Editorial Board, scope, vision, manuscript submission and peer review system, a peer review process (and a number of other processes!), you need staff to work on the journal, you need to determine your XML-workflow and metadata, and think about the organization of your website and much more. This is all before you even receive one paper in your production queue; in other words, launching a new journal is a gamble of trust and one that takes a lot of time, expertise and money. You can imagine how rewarding it felt to then receive such great support in the form of media coverage, tweets, emails, comments and submissions from our community. Since opening for submissions we’ve had over 70 submissions and we’re looking forward to many more as that number continues to grow. (If you are interested in learning about how to submit to FACETS, visit our website). 

3) Our Editor-in-Chief

We are incredibly proud of our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jules Blais. Most recently the 2017 Frank Rigler award-winner (congrats Dr. Blais!), Dr. Blais is also a Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has received numerous awards including Environmental Scientist of the Year, the Lindeman Award, the Stevenson Award, and is co-recipient of the prestigious NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. This Prize is considered one of the highest research honours in Canada, and recognizes a research collaboration that highlights the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to complex scientific concepts. Dr. Blais has been instrumental in developing the goals and vision for FACETS and has been a tireless advocate for open access, science funding, and science communication in Canada. 

4) Our Editorial Board

Just this week our Editorial Board grew to 85 individuals! We have Subject Editors from all around the world covering our six major subjects. We’re multidisciplinary and so are our Subject Editors. Much of the research done by our subject specialists crosses academic borders and our team has the expertise and experience to evaluate and refine multi- and interdisciplinary research in a variety of subjects. These Editors are working through the review and acceptance of papers submitted to FACETS and they also play an essential role in promoting articles and FACETS to their communities. Our Editorial Board, along with our Editor-in-Chief, is the face of our journal and we are very proud to be working with these dedicated individuals every day to help grow open access publishing in Canada and abroad. 


5) Launching our website www.facetsjournal.com

In launching an online open access journal we knew that we wanted a platform that was modern, attractive, easy to use, and easy to discover. We got that and so much more with the launch of www.facetsjournal.com. As a multidisciplinary open access journal, our website is a hub of connectivity for our researchers and their readers. We are proud of its design and how easy it is to read and engage with the papers. FACETSjournal.com is our vision of the future of journal websites and we hope that you enjoy browsing it and discovering new open access content. 

6) Plain language summaries & social media outreach

We understand that providing free and unrestricted online access to research is only half of ensuring that research is fully accessible to its intended audiences. The other, sometimes overlooked, half is making sure that research is expressed in a way that target audiences can understand. To help spread the impact of research to individuals outside of a particular field or even outside of academia we have been focusing a lot of attention on “plain language summaries” and on promotion at the article-level via social media. You can read a selection of our plain language summaries on the FACETS Medium page. There is an important link to be made between academic journals, which continue to be the most trusted source of scientific information, and social media, the method through which many of us find and consume our information. Researchers have a role to play in communicating their research, in a way that is easily understood by the target audience, and also in a place where the target audience will discover it. 

7) Our published papers and your response to them 

Since launching in April we’ve published some really great papers and you’ve responded to them by sharing them online, sending comments or observations via Twitter, blogging about them and including them in your news outlets. We’d had papers on the diet of Puffin chicks, looking at multidisciplinary approaches to solving conservation problems, understanding taxonomic bias and how it influences conservation research, understanding the best ways to communicate science to a diverse audience, learning from the Canadian context to develop data access policies, and more! Thank you to all of our authors! It has been an honour to publish your work! 

8) Our Integrative Sciences section 

We are very proud to see papers in our Integrative Sciences section. Integrative Sciences  are those sciences that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and bring together disparate fields of scientific inquiry. Papers published in the Integrative Sciences section aim to advance knowledge and to describe how the results of research can be applied in practice to solve a particular challenge or address a novel research question. These papers will be of interest to the broad readership of the journal, as the FACETS audience includes researchers, educators, policy-makers, resource managers, industry practitioners, and the public. In fact, this is the very reason for creating this section of FACETS. Our goal is to create a place where non-researchers and researchers alike can investigate 21st century challenges in a way that both advances scientific knowledge and can be understood by the general public so that everyone can inform themselves on the issues that matter to them. 

9) Our swag

We are always so happy to see our FACETS swag out in the wild. By wearing your FACETS t-shirt or drinking coffee/tea from your FACETS mug you are telling the world that you support open access publishing and you are helping us to spread the word about the ways we are taking action to continue to support and develop open access scholarly publishing in Canada and abroad. Want to get your hands on a FACETS mug and t-shirt? Sign-up for the FACETS newsletter between now and the end of the week and we’ll send you one! 

10) Our staff

As we mentioned in point #2, launching a multidisciplinary open access science journal is an enormous task with many different aspects and requires a variety of expertise. Our FACETS team is comprised of open access and scholarly publishing experts, as well as marketers, designers, editorial and production experts and more. Throughout this journey we’ve learned so much about the world of open access publishing and also about what Canadian researchers are looking for in an open access journal. We strive every day to provide our researchers with the tools they need to most effectively disseminate their research. 

While there is still much work to do as we continue to develop FACETS and our other open access journals Arctic Science and Anthropocene Coasts, we are very proud of the work done to date and look forward to connecting with our researchers and readers to continue to grow our open access program. We hope everyone has a great open access week and we look forward to connecting now and the future. To stay up to date on all FACETS related news, sign-up for the FACETS newsletter. If you are doing work in the arctic you may also want to sign up for the Arctic Science newsletter

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