Provides basic information about open access. For a longer introduction, with live links for further reading, see Open Access Overview, http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm
The Budapest Open Access Initiative was developed in 2002 and articulates the basic tenets of OA.
An annotated bibliography of studies that examined the effect of open access on article impact, as measured by citations in other works. Many studies show that open access increases impact; this effect is often called the "open access advantage."
The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.
Follow developments in the field of open access at the Harvard Open Access Project.
For further reading on developments in scholarly publication and open access, see also the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) website:
An article from the Clarion that describes the problem of skyrocketing textbook costs and efforts at Brooklyn College to keep textbook costs down.
Guide to Open Access textbooks
A guide to initiatives and organizations that support the development and promotion of open access textbooks, as well as catalogs and databases of open access and low cost e-books and textbooks. http://instr.iastate.libguides.com/oats
Finding Open Access textbooks
The amount of free, high-quality online educational material is growing. Currently, there are no tools for searching across all open access textbooks but the following is a list of some excellent resources.
MERLOT is a huge cooperative of learning materials for all education levels.
Smarthistory is an example of an outstanding multimedia open access textbook.
OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to peer-reviewed learning materials. OpenStax College is an initiative of Rice University and is made possible through the generous support of several philanthropic foundations.
Open Access Textbook Resource is a guide to initiatives and organizations that support the development and promotion of open access textbooks, as well as catalogs and databases of open access and low cost e-books and textbooks.
Evaluating Open Access textbook
The same way you evaluate traditional textbooks. Since the textbook is already published, it might be more appropriate to call this process peer validation—where knowledge experts “review” the material post-publication. Many OA textbook resources include reviews by other faculty.
How to create Open Access textbooks
Easy to use software tools for writing an OA Textbook!
Connexions is a non-profit start up launched at Rice Univ in 1999. This software reinvents how we write, edit, publish, and use textbooks. Connexions is a global repository of educational content where people can create educational materials, contribute them to the repository; others are free to copy and customize the material.
Thousands of digital humanities sites are available with content that you can use in your OA textbook.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."
The Directory of Open Access Books organizes ebooks that are available to read free of charge on the internet. It includes books published by academic, peer reviewed books via Open Access licenses.
The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full-text, quality-controlled online scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.
SHERPA/RoMEO helps users determine what self-archiving permissions different publishers give in their normal copyright transfer agreements.
The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors.
Open access to over 600,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, and Statistics.
E-prints for Library and Information Science (E-LIS) is an international open access archive for e-prints related to librarianship, information science and technology, and related application disciplines.
A list of open access disciplinary respositories (also called central or subject repositories). Unless otherwise noted, they accept relevant deposits regardless of the author's institutional affiliation.
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life science journal literature.
The open access repository for social science research. It is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences and contains over 300,000 full-text documents.
Open Access @ CUNY is a website and blog that highlights and advocates open access scholarship and publishing across the university.
A CUNY Academic Commons group for CUNY faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in open access publishing for scholarly communication.