This guide serves researchers seeking impact and the administrators who support them. OA has multiple forms (Gold, Delayed, Hybrid, Green, etc.), and while these resources apply to all of them, this guide is focused on Gold OA: what it is, how it works for researchers, and how to implement it at your institution. Gold OA is a publishing model operating outside of traditional scholarly communication. It serves immediate and free access to published research, which is often self-archived or supported by an author fee. Some choose to publish OA on principle, citing the exorbitant fees, restricted access, and forfeit of copyright inherent in the traditional scholarly publishing model. Others select OA for the practical benefit of widespread dissemination of their work on a global scale. Research and higher educations institutions are incorporating OA measures like institutional repositories into their library operations to ameliorate the effects of the serials crisis and encourage scholarship’s impact factor. Use this guide to understand OA, browse journals, verify journal integrity, and learn how to structure your institution to support scholars in this venture.
What is Open Access?
Peter Suber, Director of Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communication and author of MIT’s Essential Knowledge Series on Open Access, provides a concise overview of the topic here, although his article addressing 6 common false perceptions about OA is not to be missed, either. ERCIM and openscience.com also provide brief overview of open access as well as some beginning links.
Major OA Associations
Library DatabasesThese databases must be searched using your institution’s log-in credentials and have been chosen based on their ubiquity in higher education’s library collections. If you are unaffiliated with an institution, use the OA databases provided on the ‘For Researchers’ page to find scholarly articles on the subject. These databases will serve both the researcher and administrator, and will locate articles providing both theory and case studies toward your aim. Keywords are open access, scholarly publishing, scholarly communications, institutional repositor*, electronic publishing, OA, serials crisis.
This established database provides business research sources, including economics, business, organizational science, and marketing.
Although it is one of the largest scholarly resources overlapping many disciplines, this database does not just repackage content found elsewhere: much content is exclusive. It is tailored to academic needs and will serve both researcher and administrator in finding specific information.
The materials found here attempt to bridge research and practice across nearly 3,000 journals and books. The materials focus on business, management, organizations, and education.
This database accesses over 600 journals covering all aspects of communication and media.
This database provides resources applicable from the both researcher and administrative perspectives. Taylor & Francis also offers an OA subsection of this database, accessible here.
ERIC holds a vast amount of education-specific resources regarding research and practice.
This collection of full-text journals gives comprehensive coverage on the education field.
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Sources for OA news
In interactive map that charts the growth of OA across the globe
SSP’s blog covering ‘what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing’
A forum for discussion about publishing practices. Started in 1995, its submissions range from scholars to librarians to technologists, and the search feature allows direct retrieval.
This advocacy group curates news and information on OA and scholarly publishing from across the globe, featuring a vast archive of solid resources.
As one of the most active and influential OA associations, subscribing to the SPARC newsletter will help you stay current on developments in the field.