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An introduction to the world of Open Access, free information resources like e-books, e-textbooks, and e-journals.

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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 101, from SPARC from Karen Rustad on Vimeo.

Information about Open Access


  • Open Access Directory.  A wiki listing organizations, events, and other lists related to OA.
  • Open Access Guide.  From the Virginia Commonwealth University Library. 
  • SPARC. Open Access advocacy organization established by the Association of Research Libraries.

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.
  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) locates open access publications around the world.   
  • 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.
  • DOAI (Digital Open Access Identifier) is "an alternate DOI (Digital Object Identifier) resolver that takes you to a free version of the requested article, when available." 
  • Lazy Scholar Chrome and Firefox browser plug-in to locate open publications. 
  • PLoS (Public Library of Science).  Non-profit publisher and advocacy group.
  • ScienceOpen is a site and system for publishing and evaluating open access articles.  It collects articles from open access journals and provides a venue for pre- and post-publication review, with altmetric measures.  

Open Access Week

Open Access Week 2016 is Oct. 24 - 30.  More info and events.

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