What is Open Access?
"Open Access" (OA) is the practice of making research and writing free over the Internet. Authors, peer reviewers, scholarly societies and even commercial publishers participate.
The international movement began in the 1990s and grows stronger every year, as more researchers place their writing in journals and books available to the public for free. Open Access Overview by Peter Suber, Earlham College (and his Very Brief Introduction).
Librarians are major supporters of Open Access. We no longer have to use university dollars to purchase back research done by our own university's researchers published in commercial journals. The Association of Research Libraries created the SPARC organization to promote Open Access.
Open Access Journals
Here are individual OA journals and lists of OA journals.
- arXiv. Although not published, this preprint repository is one of the oldest OA resources, covering primarily physics and mathematics.
- BioMed Central. Open Access publisher of scientific journals.
- Directory of Open Access Journals. An English-language web site listing OA e-journals by title and subject. Also search for individual articles in some journals. From the Lund University Libraries.
- PLoS (Public Library of Science). Non-profit publisher and advocacy group.