Open Access explained

“Open Access Overview” by Peter Suber

“Six Things Researchers Need to Know About Open Access” by Peter Suber

“Open Access Explained!” video by PhD Comics

Open Access by the Numbers

Institutional repositories explained

“What is an institutional repository?” from the University of Indiana Libraries

“Open Access Institutional Repositories: A Briefing Paper”

Open Access, citations, and impact

The effect of open access and downloads (“hits”) on citation impact: a bibliography of studies”  from the Open Citation Project

“Open Access Citation Advantage: An Annotated Bibliography”

“Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research”

Open Access and Legality

Simon Frankel and Shannon Nestor, Opening the Door: How Faculty Authors Can Implement an Open Access Policy at Their Institutions, a white paper from SPARC and Science Commons, August 2010. This paper demonstrates how Open Access policies can avoid legal pitfalls, and uses the Harvard and MIT policies as a model.

Eric Priest, Copyright and the Harvard Open Access MandateNorthwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Stuart Shieber’s blog post in response to Priest’s article: Is the Harvard Open Access Policy Legally Sound?


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP)

Open Access statements

The Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002

The Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, 2003

The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, 2003


Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Please contact us by filling out a comment form.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s