Open Access in Scientific Communications: Impacts on Scientists and Engineers at JPL


October 19-26 is International Open Access Week. What is Open Access, and how is it relevant to scientists, engineers, and other professionals at JPL and NASA?

Open Access efforts have a broad effect, from policy to publications to science communication. In 2013, the release of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo directed agencies to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public. In 2019, the UC halted contract negotiations with a major publishing behemoth in part to negotiate open access publishing of UC-authored articles.

In order to raise awareness among researchers and authors, the JPL Library is presenting a panel of speakers from the publishing industry to talk about their perspectives and programs on 10/21/20 @11am-12pm PDT on WebEx.

The panelists include:

Matthew Giampoala: Vice President of Publications, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

AGU is not only the premier organization for earth and planetary sciences, it is also a driver in shaping the future of scholarly communications. Matt will talk about AGU’s vision and effort for Open Science and Open Access.

Hannah Smith: Publisher, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wiley

Wiley is a commercial publishing house, and has collaborative relationships with several professional organizations. Wiley has reached “transformative agreements” with a few European and U.S. higher education systems. Hannah will discuss Wiley’s approaches.

Bill Trippe: Senior Product Manager, Academic Markets IEEE

IEEE has a broad and diverse program in Open Access publishing, and is the leading professional organization and publisher for engineers, journals and meeting proceedings. Bill will focus on Open Access and other key issues for IEEE's many academic authors, editors, and researchers.

Dudee Chiang: Group Lead, JPL Library

Dudee will moderate the session, give a quick introduction, and provide some JPL specific facts.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 11-12 PDT

WebEx Link here



Creating an Open Access Digital Book using Bookdown

Interested in learning how to create an interactive digital book to freely share on the internet? Bookdown is an easy-to-use platform that streamlines formatting text and media into a digital book format. This workshop will introduce Bookdown, give participants the skills to build their own digital books, and explain how the Caltech Library can support the publication and archiving of digital books. No prior experience with R, RStudio, or Markdown is necessary, but you must be able to install software on your computer.

Participants will learn the following:
- Basics of Markdown formatting
- How Bookdown can automate formatting of a digital book into html, pdf, and epub
- Working with citations and references
- Including LaTeX content in a book
- Embedding code and custom content, like videos

Before workshop, participants must:
- Install R and RStudio (latest versions, R 4.0.3 and RStudio 1.3.1093)
- Sign up for a GitHub Account (

For questions, please contact library[at]

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Register here:

Getting your ORCID iD

Open Access Week is the perfect time to sign up for an ORCID iD to manage your scholarly identity. For more information, visit the Library Guide about ORCID: