Open Access at the University of Guelph

Oct 24-30 is international Open Access week, a celebration of free, unrestricted access to online research. At the University of Guelph, many researchers publish in open access journals, making their research publicly available without cost to the reader.

“The internet provides the technology and framework to disseminate universities’ research output through open access journals,” said Rebecca Graham, Chief Librarian and CIO. “The Library has long been an advocate of open access and provides ongoing financial support to open access publishers and platforms to help cultivate an open access culture in North America.” The recent Tri-Agency Policy on Open Access Publications demonstrates Canada’s commitment to making research available to everyone.

Since 2012, University of Guelph researchers have published 891 articles in open access journals. The most popular open access publication venue for University of Guelph researchers is PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access journal which has been published by the Public Library of Science since 2006. PLOS ONE has published 238 articles from Guelph researchers, including a highly cited paper “Identification of birds through DNA barcodes,” by the Department of Integrative Biology’s Dr. Paul Hebert et al., which has been cited 1,137 times and has had 66,879 ‘views’.

There are many ways University of Guelph researchers can get open access support:

  • Preserving Journal and Other Publications: Library staff can assist researchers in preserving and making their research accessible by submitting it to the Atrium (the University of Guelph’s Open Access Repository) or a subject-based repository
  • Preserving Research Data: The Library maintains two open access research data repositories; the Agri-environmental Research Data Repository and the University of Guelph Data Repository
  • Author Rights Consultation: Librarians are available to review publishing contracts to ensure researchers retain their right to publish open access
  • Research Data Management: The Library has tools to help researchers create a data management plan to ensure data is preserved and can help identify the right open access repository

There are several other open-related initiatives happening outside the library. Library staff recently collaborated with the Central Students Association (CSA) to disseminate a survey that analyzes how undergraduate students at the University of Guelph are being affected by the rising cost of textbooks. The information collected will help inform initiatives aimed at making course materials more accessible and affordable for students.

Additionally, on November 2, a workshop on Open Access and Open Data will be delivered to members of the Guelph community. This workshop, organized in partnership with the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI), will share tips and tricks for finding resources that can be used by non-academics to support the development of evidence-based policies and programs. Registration is free and open to all.

The top 10 open access journals for University of Guelph authors from 2012-2014 include: 238 in PLOS One, 42 in BMC Veterinary Research, 25 in Scientific reports, 23 in Frontiers in Plan Science, 22 in BMC Public Health, 27 in BMC Genomics, 14 in Zookeys, 13 in Ecology and Evolution, 12 in Frontiers in Microbiology and 12 in BMC Infectious Diseases.

The percentage of open access Guelph authors is 12% or 891 of 8,621 articles from 2012-2016, whereas in 2007-2011, only 4% or 248 of 8363 articles were published open access.

 

Most Cited Papers by Guelph Authors, Published since 2012
10 Most Cited Papers by Guelph Authors, Published since 2012 Times Cited
Boxall, A. B. A., Rudd, M. A., Brooks, B. W., Caldwell, D. J., Choi, K., Hickmann, S., … Van Der Kraak, G. (2012). Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: What Are the Big Questions? Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(9), 1221–1229. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104477 194
Ratnasingham, S., & Hebert, P. D. N. (2013). A DNA-Based Registry for All Animal Species: The Barcode Index Number (BIN) System. PloS One, 8(7), e66213. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0066213 192
Price, L. B., Stegger, M., Hasman, H., Aziz, M., Larsen, J., Andersen, P. S., … Aarestrup, F. M. (2012). Staphylococcus aureus CC398: Host Adaptation and Emergence of Methicillin Resistance in Livestock. mBio, 3(1), e00305-11. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00305-11 121
Petrof, E. O., Gloor, G. B., Vanner, S. J., Weese, S. J., Carter, D., Daigneault, M. C., … Allen-Vercoe, E. (2013). Stool substitute transplant therapy for the eradication of Clostridium difficile infection: "RePOOPulating" the gut. Microbiome, 1, 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-2618-1-3 106
Keeling, P. J., Burki, F., Wilcox, H. M., Allam, B., Allen, E. E., Amaral-Zettler, L. A., … Worden, A. Z. (2014). The Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP): Illuminating the Functional Diversity of Eukaryotic Life in the Oceans through Transcriptome Sequencing. PLoS Biology, 12(6), e1001889. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001889 82
Kim, D.-G., Vargas, R., Bond-Lamberty, B., & Turetsky, M. R. (2012). Effects of soil rewetting and thawing on soil gas fluxes: a review of current literature and suggestions for future research. Biogeosciences, 9(7), 2459–2483. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-9-2459-2012 82
Newmaster, S. G., Grguric, M., Shanmughanandhan, D., Ramalingam, S., & Ragupathy, S. (2013). DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products. BMC Medicine, 11, 222. https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-11-222 66
Tricco, A. C., Chit, A., Soobiah, C., Hallett, D., Meier, G., Chen, M. H., … Loeb, M. (2013). Comparing influenza vaccine efficacy against mismatched and matched strains: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 11, 153. https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-11-153 66
Ashbolt, N. J., Amezquita, A., Backhaus, T., Borriello, P., Brandt, K. K., Collignon, P., … Topp, E. (2013). Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) for Environmental Development and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance. Environmental Health Perspectives, 121(9), 993–1001. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1206316 63
Schwarz, E. M., Korhonen, P. K., Campbell, B. E., Young, N. D., Jex, A. R., Jabbar, A., … Gasser, R. B. (2013). The genome and developmental transcriptome of the strongylid nematode Haemonchus contortus. Genome Biology, 14(8), R89. https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2013-14-8-r89 50

 

10 All-Time Most Cited OA Papers by Guelph Authors
10 All-Time Most Cited OA Papers by Guelph Authors Times Cited
Hebert, P. D. N., Stoeckle, M. Y., Zemlak, T. S., & Francis, C. M. (2004). Identification of birds through DNA barcodes. PLoS Biology, 2(10), 1657–1663. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0020312 1,117
Stinson, K. A., Campbell, S. A., Powell, J. R., Wolfe, B. E., Callaway, R. M., Thelen, G. C., … Klironomos, J. N. (2006). Invasive plant suppresses the growth of native tree seedlings by disrupting below ground mutualisms. PLoS Biology, 4(5), 727–731. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040140 297
Haydon, D. T., Cleaveland, S., Taylor, L. H., & Laurenson, M. K. (2002). Identifying reservoirs of infection: A conceptual and practical challenge. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 8(12), 1468–1473. 253
Fazekas, A. J., Burgess, K. S., Kesanakurti, P. R., Graham, S. W., Newmaster, S. G., Husband, B. C., … Barrett, S. C. H. (2008). Multiple Multilocus DNA Barcodes from the Plastid Genome Discriminate Plant Species Equally Well. PLoS One, 3(7), e2802. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002802 245
Safe, S., Bandiera, S., Sawyer, T., Robertson, L., Safe, L., Parkinson, A., … Fujita, T. (1985). PCBS - Structure-Function-Relationships and Mechanism of Action. Environmental Health Perspectives, 60(MAY), 47–56. https://doi.org/10.2307/3429944 229
Boxall, A. B. A., Rudd, M. A., Brooks, B. W., Caldwell, D. J., Choi, K., Hickmann, S., … Van Der Kraak, G. (2012). Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: What Are the Big Questions? Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(9), 1221–1229. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104477 194
Ratnasingham, S., & Hebert, P. D. N. (2013). A DNA-Based Registry for All Animal Species: The Barcode Index Number (BIN) System. PLoS One, 8(7), e66213. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0066213 192
Hubert, N., Hanner, R., Holm, E., Mandrak, N. E., Taylor, E., Burridge, M., … Bernatchez, L. (2008). Identifying Canadian Freshwater Fishes through DNA Barcodes. PLoS One, 3(6), e2490. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002490 188
Steffen, A., Douglas, T., Amyot, M., Ariya, P., Aspmo, K., Berg, T., … Temme, C. (2008). A synthesis of atmospheric mercury depletion event chemistry in the atmosphere and snow. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8(6), 1445–1482. 180
Gregory, T. R., Nicol, J. A., Tamm, H., Kullman, B., Kullman, K., Leitch, I. J., … Bennett, M. D. (2007). Eukaryotic genome size databases. Nucleic Acids Research, 35, D332–D338. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkl828 170