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)
An interesting animated video "Open Access Explained!", produced by Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics) will take us through the World of OA publishing and explain what it's all about.
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 : The primary focus of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
- Directory of Open Access Repositories : OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories
- 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.
- 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.