September 17, 2013
What is Open Access? Useful links for beginners
Open Access. This term is right now bandied about in various ways and analyzed from all possible perspectives – from a simple reduction, to defining a new model of publishing, growing in strength as a paradigm of thinking about science. This term is no longer only related to science but it also enters other spheres of social life and affects international organizations and public authorities. ‘About Open Access’ is becoming more vociferous and it is gaining in popularity. Without going into a whole discourse on the nature of this phenomenon, I decided to prepare a list of useful web links, so that everyone who is interested in Open Access can gather some valuable information about it.
About Open Access (in general)
Open Access Overview – this is an introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept, prepared by Peter Suber. You can find here a lot of useful information about open access in general, as well as about Green (repositories) and Gold (journals) OA, licenses, business models and historical perspective.
Open Access Directory – a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.
Open Access Wikipedia – a well-prepared and comprehensive post on Wikipedia about open access from different perspectives.
About Open Access (more specific)
Scholarly Open Access – a blog run by Jeffrey Beall, on which the author traces and lists OA journals, which, according to his assessment, violate the standards. The famous list of “predatory journals”.
Open and Shut? – a blog run by Richard Poynder, where the author publishes some very interesting interviews about Open Access.
Open Access Archivangelism – a blog run by Stevan Harnad, which focuses primarily on the issue of Green OA. Frequently updated and with a high level of expertise.
Registry of Open Access Repositories – providing timely information about the growth and status of OA repositories (Green OA) throughout the world.
Directory of Open Access Journals – database of OA journals (Gold OA).
arXiv – Open e-print archive with over 100,000 articles in physics, mathematics and computer science (Green OA).
OpenAccess Week – the website for the annual global event during which scientists, OA advocates, bloggers, publishers promote open access at conferences, events and meetings.
OpenDOAR – an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories (Green OA).
For those who would like to learn more about open access I recommend “Open Access”, a book written by Peter Suber, which is now available as a free download under this link.
Of course, this is only a tiny fraction of the information that can be found online on Open Access. Almost every university, research institution or publisher, which offers the service of publishing in OA, will usually provide a range of general information about the subject. Without a doubt, I also omitted from the list a number of other initiatives, projects and programs that support and promote open access. The sheer number of OA repositories would be enough for a separate post; not to mention the variety of different reports and analyzes on this phenomenon that can also be found on the internet. However, since this is primarily a post for those who have just started to look for information on open access, I decided to limit my list to the selected websites above. If I missed or forgot about an important source, please, let me know and write it in the comments and I will add them to the list.
At the end, a short video explaining what Open Access is: