Open Access Success Story: 20,000 Free Articles in Particle Physics

Back in 2008 researchers and librarians at CERN wanted to be sure that the high energy and particle physics journals they utilize would be freely available to any reader in the world, not just readers at institutions with subscriptions. CERN worked with the journal publishers and libraries across the globe to make that possible. JH […]


How Can I Share My Article?

Event: Sharing Your Articles: What Can You Really Do?, Wednesday, April 4th, Noon – 1pm in the MSEL Hamburger Room, Q Level. This event is free, but please RSVP. Your article is published. Hurrah! Now you’ll share it with your family, friends, and colleagues. What about ResearchGate, Mendeley, or Academia.edu? What about other places, like your personal website, a department […]


Music Sampling

Can you imagine writing a lyrical review or critical essay about Beyoncé’s music without quoting her words or lyrics? Probably not. You would also probably not think you had to pay her for using those quotes, either. However, if you’re a pop music diva, or anyone else, who wants to quote Madonna or Beyoncé in […]


Consider an Open Textbook for your Next Teaching Gig

The high cost of college textbooks has been in the news as well as research journals. There’s a movement to counter those escalating costs called Open Educational Resources. In fact March 5 – 9 is Open Education Week! Administrators and faculty at many colleges, community colleges, and even K-12 schools, are putting high quality textbooks […]


How to Avoid Predatory Journals

If you’ve heard horror stories about predatory journals or conferences and want to avoid them, we have a couple ways to help you out. A page about predatory journals, with resources to use for verification, is available to you at any time. You could contact your liaison librarian or me for advice. You can attend […]


Intersession at the Library: Five Courses to Choose From

Intersession at Homewood is a great opportunity to try something new. Even if it’s a course in your major, Intersession courses often focus on aspects or topics that can’t be addressed in a semester-long class. MSEL librarians offer four Intersession courses for your consideration. Take a dive into Special Collections with antique cookbooks, learn more […]


ResearchGate and Sharing Your Articles

ResearchGate is a scholarly collaboration network (SCN) that gives researchers a place to describe their work, ask questions, and share documents. The ‘share documents’ part of that has received a lot of attention lately. A group of publishers, the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, have brought a lawsuit against ResearchGate and are also sending take down […]


JHU Libraries Support Open Access

The first Open Access Week blog post looked at how and why individual researchers and groups within JHU make their research openly available. Now it’s time to tell you the variety of ways that the JHU Libraries support open research. Support of Open Platforms JHU Libraries support several groups that provide platforms where researchers can […]


“Open in Order to” – Open Access Week 2017

“Open in Order to” is the theme of 2017’s Open Access Week. “Open in order to” invites us to share our reasons for making our research, data, journal articles, and educational materials openly and freely available!  Below are examples of the ways people and groups at JHU have openly shared research and educational information. Open […]