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Open Access Resources

Guide to Open Access and related topics in scholarly communication.

What is Open Access



Cornell University's archive for e-prints (electronic preprints)  of scientific papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

Creative Commons

Nonprofit corporation that provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work for sharing, remixing, and other uses, consistent with the rules of copyright.

Directory of Open Access Journals:

Comprehensive list of all open access scientific and scholarly journals that exercise peer review or editorial quality control and are free to all from the time of publication based on the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.


Open source software for building open digital repositories.

Digital Commons

Digital repository platform hosted by Berkeley Electronic Press.


A ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. Users are encouraged to share and download the resources provided, and to modify and customize them for local use. 

Open Access Directory:

Hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, OAD is "a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large." It is organized as a wiki, and welcomes contributions from the OA community. 

Open Achives Initiative

OAI "develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content." It allows the harvesting of metadata from data providers in order to enhance access to e-print archives, and increase the availability of scholarly communication. 

Project Euclid

A collaborative partnership between independent and society journals to advance scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid features full-text searching, reference linking and long-term data renention. 


The Registry of Open Access Repositories is a list of open access repositories throughout the world, hosted at the University of Southampton, in the UK.


Partnership of research universites that form a consortium of 32 higher education institutions and the British Library. SHERPA supports and develops institutional repositories in the UK, to expand access to scholarship and perserve digital content.


International alliance of academic and research libraries. SPARC works to reform the scholarly publishing system through collaboration with authors, publishers, and libraries to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries