Open Access Explained
Open Access (OA) means making scholarly or creative outputs FREELY ACCESSIBLE ONLINE, without charge nor restrictions due to copyright or licensing. To make OA possible would rely on "Internet" and the "CONSENT" granted by author / copyright holders.
OA is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue (even profit), print, preservation, prestige, quality, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature.
-- by Peter Suber, Open Access Overview (based on revision dated 16 Dec 2013)
Knowing Open Access
What is open access? And why is it important to your research?
A complete list of library’s tutorial videos is available via Library's YouTube channel.
Benefits of OA
Open Access (OA) transforms scholarly publishing towards a barrier-free approach. Here are some major benefits that OA would bring to different stakeholders:
|Benefits for Authors
|Benefits for Researcher
|Benefits for University
Open Access Directories
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) : DOAJ is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) : The primary focus of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
- OATD – Open Access Theses and Dissertations : OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
- Digital Commons Network : Includes scholarship from hundreds of university and college research repositories.
- Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) : BASE is a multidisciplinary search engine that indexes academic resources from repositories worldwide. It provides access to a vast collection of open access documents.
- Directory of Open Access Repositories : OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories
- Research Data Repositories : Provides a registry of current repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions.