This page includes useful links to information to help with promoting open access, understanding publisher agreements, repositories, open access journals, measurement & metrics and statements about open access.
MIT has been collecting since July 2012 stories from individuals who have been downloading papers from the MIT repository. A very powerful argument for the breadth of use of open access research.
- Understanding your rights: pre-prints, post-prints and publisher versions, (16 Dec 2013) Bonnie Swoger explains what authors are signing away in their agreements
- The SPARC Author Rights Initiative identifies the rights academics have as copyright holders and encourages them to retain the rights needed to ensure the broadest practical access to articles
- The LIBLICENSE: Licensing Digital Content website has a wealth of information about licenses including a list of author’s licenses with links
- University of Tennessee ‘Author’s Rights Retention Kit’ Lib Guide has some excellent resources about retaining author rights in publisher’s agreements
- The James Cook University Lib Guide on Publishing Academic Research has a useful page on Understanding Publishers – including an explanation of publisher agreements
- The Copyright Toolbox has information for researchers and publishers
- Setting the record straight about Elsevier provides good information about what happens when researchers sign publisher agreements
- The Australian Copyright Council has an information sheet on Assigning & Licensing Rights
- A model OA journal publication agreement spells out the basics of such an agreement
- Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
- CAUL has a discussion paper explaining ‘Repository Statistics’
- Inefuku, Harrison W. (2013) “Pre-Print, Post-Print or Offprint? A guide to publication versions, permissions and the digital repository” Digital Repository Outreach and Workshops. Book 2 includes a 2 page easy to understand guide
- The Ranking Web of World Repositories has an Australian page
- The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has online Training Materials on the development and maintenance of repositories
- The Repository Support Project have developed a Repository Staff and Skills document and the Institutional Repositories: Staff and Skills Set
- SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR). These include ‘Step by Step recommendations’. Designed for developing countries but very useful to all.
- Book: Starting, Strengthening and Managing Institutional Repositories, 2009 by Jonathan A Nabe. A review of the book explains the content.
- SHERPA/RoMEO database of international publisher policies
- SHERPA/RoMEO have a list of publishers offering hybrid open access (payment for making an individual paper available within an otherwise subscription journal)
- The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – which indicates if listed journals have article processing charges
- OpenDOAR – a directory of open access journals
- The UK Open Access Implementation Group has compiled a page “Gold Open Access for Learned Societies?”
- Potential, possible or probably predatory scholarly open-access publishers lists publishers offering open access options that are best avoided
- The Guide to Open Access Journals from Onlineschools.org gives an overview of some open access sources
The National Digital Learning Resources have an open access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness
The SPARC Article Level Metrics – a Primer defines article level metrics and discusses how they fit within the tenure and promotions process
- Open Scholar CIC – Independent Peer-Review Initiative – 23 May 2014
- Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Statement about embargo periods – 14 May 2014
- LIS open access declaration – 24 April 2014
- San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – December 2012
- The Cost of Knowledge Elsevier boycott – 26 January 2012
- Brisbane Declaration on OA – 24-25 September 2008 [Note no live link and no list of signatories]
- Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Humanities and Sciences – 22 October 2003
- Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing – 20 June 2003
- Budapest Open Access Initiative originally created February 2002, and updated in November 2012 – 5771 individuals signed it
NOTE: these pages are a work in progress. Corrections and additions welcomed through the contact form.