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Open Access Information

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Open Access Mandate Guidelines

A brief introduction to Open Access...

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

In most fields, scholarly journals do not pay authors, who can therefore consent to OA without losing revenue. In this respect scholars and scientists are very differently situated from most musicians and movie-makers, and controversies about OA to music and movies do not carry over to research literature.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

There are two primary vehicles for delivering OA to research articles: OA journals and OA archives or repositories. See more.


Open Access Overview by Peter Suber


Open Access resources

AOASG The Australasian Open Access Support Group website contains excellent information and resources explaining and supporting open access.

OAD Open Access Directory A wiki compiling lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community.

Institutional repositories

Research Commons The University of Waikato's Institutional Repository.

nzresearch.org Search across the institutional repositories of New Zealand's universities and polytechnics.

OpenDOAR The Directory of Open Access Repositories. OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic Open Access repositories.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) Provides timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world.

Trove Provides access to Australian university and government repositories

Subject Specific Repositories

For a list of collections of open access research based around specific disciplines, see the Open Access Directory page on Disciplinary repositories.

Finding Open Access material

DOAJ Directory of Open Access journals Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journal, covering all subjects and many languages.

OAIster Union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide

Scirus A science-specific search engine - searches a combination of web information, preprint servers, digital archives, repositories and patent and journal databases. Not all material is open access.

Google Scholar Search broadly for scholarly literature, including articles, theses and books. Not all material is open access.