Open Access and Non-Traditional Scholarly Communications with Jane Burpee

In this episode, we interviewed Jane Burpee, associate librarian and coordinator of data curation and scholarly communication at the University of McGill.

We met Jane at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library of McGill University, in a room full of books about arts and humanities to talk about Open Access (OA) and non-traditional methods of scholarly communication.

The first part of this episode is about OA and its importance in research and publishing. Jane explained how researchers can help the OA movement by sharing their published articles in repositories. During the interview, Jane discussed how authors can find out about their rights regarding publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies using the Sherpa/Romeo website.
As a librarian, Jane was also able to explain how libraries can facilitate making articles open access. If you are interested in making a paper you co-authored available as OA document, you can simply contact the library of your University. They should be able to help you put the paper in a repository which will make it OA available as soon as the copyright restrictions of the journal become null. If your library doesn’t offer this service, you can simply contact a librarian (ie. at McGill) to use the repository they offer.
The concepts of preprint, postprint, green OA and gold OA are also clearly explained, which is highly useful in order to move toward a more open research world.

In the second part, we talked about a publication Jane co-authored in the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication about new and emerging methods of scholarly communications. In this interview, she gave us a brief summary of the article and introduced a few different ways being used by scholars to communicate their research findings. Different subjects such as video journals (e.g., JoVE) and the effect of social media on scholarly communication was discussed. Examples of creativity in transferring the information to the audience were given such as a recent discussion on CBC’s As it Happens with a Harvard University student who successfully submitted rap album as his senior thesis.

Bonus: double dipping