Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
- A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber
- Open Access Overview by Peter Suber
- Open Access 101, from SPARC
- (a fun 3 minute video)
- SPARC Open Access Newsletter
- Writings and updates.
- Open Access Now
- Relevant, current, curated news and information about open access and scholarly publishing.
- SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.
- Creative Commons
- Provides a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
- Public Library of Science
- PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
- Right to Research
- Student advocacy group promoting the concept of open access.
- Alliance for Taxpayer @ccess
- The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient groups, physicians, researchers, educational institutions, publishers, and health promotion organizations that support barrier-free access to taxpayer-funded research.
Digital Repositories & Directories
- SSU ScholarWorks
- SSU ScholarWorks collects, preserves, and distributes in a digital format the creative and administrative records of faculty, students, and staff.
- CSU ScholarWorks
- A page providing access to digital repositories from various CSU campuses. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication.
- eScholarship (University of California)
- eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools for scholars and researchers associated with the University of California.
- Highwire (Stanford University)
- HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of 1308 journals, reference works, books, and proceedings.
- DASH (Harvard University)
- A central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard.
- Authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
- Stanford University
- School of Education faculty members in June 2008 unanimously voted to allow the university to place their published articles in a free online database.
- Faculty in March 2009 provided open access to their scholarly articles.
- A total of eight schools at Harvard have enacted policies promoting open access to their scholarly writings.
- U.S. Office of Science & Technology
- A forum has been launched for public consultation on access to publicly funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles.
- U.S. National Institutes of Health
- A new policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research.