Open access is a principle by which content is made available online free of charge and with minimal copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access scholarly publishing can:
- incorporate peer review
- enhance the visibility and accessibility of authors' intellectual outputs
- contribute to knowledge sharing and the advancement of scholarship
The following resources elaborate on what open access is.
This video provides a quick introduction to open access.
This video explains why people in different professions support open access.
This is an informative introduction to open access.
This is a video of a panel discussion about challenges and opportunities for universities and researchers in the digital age.
Targeted at Canadian scholars and researchers, this site discusses how information technology can be harnessed to enable broad and efficient dissemination of scholarly content. It also points out how academic communities can benefit by initiating positive change in scholarly publishing.
This guide aims to introduce academic authors to the principles, benefits, and implementation of open access.
Targeted at students of higher education, this brochure explains the significance of open access with respect to student research.
Research Funders’ Access Policies
This is a directory of research funding agencies’ policies of open access requirements for grant recipients.
Open Access Journal Publishing
This online guide outlines and discusses various issues that should be addressed in the process of developing an open access journal. It is the abridged version of a book with the same title, which is available at The D.B. Weldon Library. The author of the book, David Solomon, and his colleague, Caroline Sutton, have also made other useful resources freely available online.
This is another practical guide to developing and managing open access journals.
This site directs readers to useful online resources for open access journal publishing.
As part of the Open Access Directory, this page presents a list of guidelines, primers, recommendations, and best practices for open access journal publishers.
As part of the Open Access Directory, this is a list of business models and revenue sources for open access journals.
This is a guide that examines the economic sustainability of open access publishing.
This site indexes and provides links to open access journals published in various languages. The content of some indexed journals is searchable and retrievable via this site.
Updates and Further Readings
This blog aims to alert readers to news and resources about scholarly publishing and relevant topics such as author rights, peer review, and publication impact.
This is a social tagging project that provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of open access and scholarly publishing issues.
This book discusses the benefits and challenges of providing free online access to scholarly publications. A copy of this title is available at The D.B. Weldon Library.
This guide addresses 25 most common misunderstandings about open access.
This toolkit provides an overview of scholarly publishing issues and discusses what can be done to address them. It also presents a variety of online resources for a deeper understanding of topics such as open access, author rights, and copyright.
This wiki provides listings of online resources about open access.
This is a Web-based bibliography that presents a wide range of free online resources about the open access movement.