Open Access Publishing

About Open Access Publishing

Provides basic information about open access. For a longer introduction, with live links for further reading, see Open Access Overview,

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.

New Developments in Open Access Publishing

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:

Open Educational Resources (OER) & Textbooks

Please link here to our new OER and textbooks page.

Open Access Publishing Tools

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."

Learn how to legally share your work without losing copyright protection.

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 Repositories

Open access to over 900,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, and Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.

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 Resources at CUNY

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.