Etherpad notes: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/LIBRARIES_Idea_discussions
Video of the presentation
Reaching Authors of Academic Journals about Open Access
More and more methods are emerging by which individuals and small teams can reach authors of important scholarly articles to encourage them to provide Open Access to their work.
This ideation session will report on some best practices, such as:
- the project done in 2017 by Wikimedia Italia to reach out to over 100k scholars who authored works cited in English Wikipedia that could have been shared but had not yet been - yielding over 3000 replies and thousands of open access articles.
- the "Open Letter(s) on Open Access" [#OALetters] in which a small team crafted open letters to authors of important works which were not yet shared. This project revealed how capabilities of the Open Access Button could be deployed by small teams to systematically message authors at scale.
- new features of the Open Access Button [#OAButton] have come out recently, which may add to the portfolio of tools/techniques available to this purpose.
- an example of a scholarly article where the author went all out to have her cited sources open. This dramatically improves readability, which clearly improves impact.
Each of these four 'best practices' will be presented in one minute with 2 slides max.
Attendees will be encouraged to come with their own examples (1 slide max) or to pose questions to the session.
Of course ideation must be responsive to the new ideas from the session itself, but perhaps they'll include:
- projects for Open Access Week #OAWeek could engage small teams to open up important articles and educate academics at the same time.
- additional tools or techniques that can empower small teams or individuals to make a noticeable difference
- Norms? Is there a set of norms for authors? for publishers? for libraries? for Wikipedia? that apply these tools/techniques at various touch-points in the scholarly communication process?
Notes from ideation session
Participants of the group discussion
- Outreach campaigns
- Use OA Button for 10-50 people -- Identify a group. Get their emails. Use OA Button w/ custom text.
- Use OA Button for 100-1000 people -- Identify a group. Put their data (what the OA Button form wants) into a spreadsheet.
- Write them (or engage via us) to ask them to process the sheet. They will update the sheet w/ the status of each request over time.
- Run a #1lib1ref or #OAweek letter-writing-campaign [good for an afternoon hack]
- Talk to the institutional repo manager at your institution
- Related processes
- Test automated citation managers
- Add related data to Scholia -- sharability; revealment (extent to which fulltext is available at the public-facing link); availability (fully OA, linked by G.Scholar, closed); contact info
- New tools needed, bugs
- Bug: Dissemin heisen-PDF 
- Tool: Dissemin score of author or journal (w/ timestamp)
- Tool: Dissemin-DOI-list per author: tool to auto-gen DOIs of all papers that a given author can self-archive
- Tool: Contact co-authors: tool to auto-generate that list, contact them (filed as )
- Tool: Contact fellow scholars / librarians, known to care about OA (many who are OA enthusiasts still haven't self-archived everything they can)
- Tool: Contact cited works (or would-be cited works, if they self-archive)