Landing the cover: Using the Open Access Publishing Fund to share research with the world

Clemson Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund awards up to $1,500 for faculty researchers to publish their research in open access journals to make their work broadly accessible to the general public. So far this semester, seven Clemson faculty members have used these funds to publish articles in peer-reviewed, open access journals, including one article that landed on the cover of BioScience.

Titled “Mitigating human-wildlife conflict and monitoring endangered tigers using a real-time camera-based alert system,” the cover article details the results of a project to use an artificial intelligence trail camera alert system in several tiger reserves in India and Nepal to detect and monitor the movements of wild tigers as well as poachers and send the information to park rangers and other officials. The results of the study show how the AI system could be used to prevent conflict between the tigers and humans who live in the area, as well as detect poaching and other activities that threaten wildlife.

The article was authored by Jeremy Dertien, post-doctoral researcher in forestry and environmental conservation; Hrishita Negi, doctoral candidate in forestry and environmental conservation; and Robert Baldwin, professor of conservation and Margaret H. Lloyd-SmartState Endowed Chair, as well as partners from the Global Tiger Forum, the National Tiger Conservation Authority and RESOLVE.

“The Clemson Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund allowed us to purchase the open access option, which was incredibly important given the international conservation audience our work involves,” said Baldwin. “Many of our colleagues do not have ready access to library subscriptions and thus, rely on open access. They want to read and apply the latest research in their work. Open Access ensures that science-based management is in reach pretty much anywhere in the world.”

Other recipients of Open Access Publishing Funds this semester are:

Virginia Abernathy, lecturer in biological sciences
The effects of climate change on the nesting phenology of three shorebird species in the United States,” published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) and featured in the special issue Behavioral and Reproductive Strategies of Birds under Natural Selection and Global Changes

Marco Ajello, associate professor of physics and astronomy
Disentangling the Hadronic Components in NGC 1068,” published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters

 Kerry Howard, research manager for the Center for Public Health Modeling and Response
Systematic examination of methodological inconsistency in operationalizing cognitive reserve and its impact on identifying predictors of late-life cognition,” published in BMC Geriatrics

Vishal Manjunatha, Ph.D. candidate in food, nutrition and packaging sciences
Nigella sativa as an antibiotid alternative to promote growth and enhance health of broilers challenged with Eimeria maxima and Clostridium perfingens,” published in Poultry Science

Sachin Rustgi, associate professor of molecular breeding in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Alterations in growth habit to channel end-of-season perennial reserves towards increased yield and reduced regrowth after defoliation in upland cotton,” published in International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Hugo Sanabria, associate professor of physics and astronomy
DNA facilitates heterodimerization between human transcription factors FoxP1 and FoxP2 by increasing their conformational flexibility,” published in iScience