Green Open Access explained to non-scientists
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Slides for an invited talk at SFScon 2013: https://www.sfscon.it/talks/green-open-access-2/
When research articles are accepted for publication, researchers usually transfer their copyright to the publishers. Consequently, publishers own research articles and can impose expensive paywalls to institutions and single individuals. Scientific knowledge gets hindered by those who should spread it. However, many are not aware of the right to self-archive preprints and postprints of a paper. This presentation, delivered at SFScon13 , is aimed to practitioners and politicians. It explains how scientific knowledge is produced and how traditional publishing system hinders it instead of spreading it. It reports the status of green Open Access adoption at the Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (N=49). It infers that green Open Access adoption is limited by a lack of tools to support the process of self-archiving, and by a still great misinformation. Finally, it presents the Web tool rchiveit, developed to spread the adoption of green Open Access.