As this week is Open Access Week this might be good time to remind you what all the fuss is about and to provide you with links and information for you to get better acquainted with the Open Access (OA) movement, what it’s trying to achieve and how it benefits both the researcher and the general public.
General introduction to Open Access (OA):
- Open Access article from WikiPedia – a good detailed overview of the concepts and relevant issues
- “A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access” – from Peter Suber, the guru of the OA movement
- Benefits of Open Access for research dissemination – from the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
- The public’s right to research – from the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
Tools and information for the researcher:
- Scholarly Publishing and Open Access – information on authors’ rights, how to manage your copyright, what you can do to participate (UCSF Library).
- Reshaping Scholarly Communication – more detailed information from the University of California’s California Digital Library (CDL).
- OA and Public Access to NIH-funded research – from the UCSF Library
- SPARC – The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition site provides information on alternative scholarly communication strategies.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.