What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge and with minimal copyright and licensing restriction. Western Libraries fully supports the open access movement and encourages researchers to investigate open access publications as possible venues for their work.
Use the tools below to search for Open Access Repositories, Journals, or Books. Use Sherpa Romeo and Juliet for information on publisher copyright policies, and funder open access requirements respectively.
Directories for Open Access Resources
- The Directory of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR
OpenDOAR is an online directory of academic open access epositories.
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Directory of Open Access Books
Directories for Publisher and Funder Policy Information
- Sherpa Romeo: publisher copyright policies and self-archiving
- Sherpa Juliet (Research Funders' Open Access Policies): a directory of research funding agencies' policies of open access requirements for grant recipients
OA Advocacy Groups
- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition – SPARC
A international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.
- Open Knowledge Foundation
Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.
- Right to Research Coalition
Promotes open scholarly publishing based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.
- CRKN Institutional Mobilization Toolkit
- Open Depot
The purpose of OpenDepot.org is to ensure that all academics worldwide can share in the benefits of making their research output Open Access.