The SPARC Innovator program is a new initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators are featured on the SPARC Web site semi-annually.
Ventura R. Pérez launched an interdisciplinary open-access journal dedicated to the study of violence and the impact it has on society, Landscape of Violence (LoV). A biological anthropologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Pérez adopted an open-access model to share insights into the causes of violence directly with the communities affected, in addition to making the research available to scholars.
“One of the primary goals of this new journal is to create an inclusive platform designed to reach a broad audience including scientists, academics, policymakers, and the public. To that end, LoV is an open-access journal. Articles will be available to all on the internet, free of charge and without restriction. ”
In his inaugural issue (Vol1 Issue 1 article 1), Perez acknowledges Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, for championing efforts from the beginning to help make LoV an Open Access journal!
For his efforts, Pérez is honored as the first Innovator of 2011 by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
Read the Press Release here.