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Open Access Resources: About Open Access (OA)
A guide to help users find resources that provide access to works at no cost to the reader.
The two ways authors can provide open access are (1) by self-archiving their journal articles in an open access repository, also known as 'green' open access, or (2) by publishing in an open access journal, known as 'gold' open access. With green open access authors publish in any journal and then self-archive a version of the article for gratis public use in their institutional repository, in a central repository (such as PubMed Central), or on some other open access website. With gold open access, authors publish in open access journals, which provide immediate open access to all of their articles, usually on the publisher's website. (from the Wikipedia page on Open Access. 2/13/2015)
Open access to 1,012,588 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. Started in August 1991, arXiv is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. ArXiv was one of the precipitating factors that led to the current movement in scientific publishing known as open access.
A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC series.
A compilation of all the repositories that use the same service Olin uses to provide our Institutional Repository (https://scholarship.rollins.edu.) The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.
The DPLA aims to create “an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future generations.”
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ journals are linked from other databases provided by the Olin Library. In the past DOAJ has suffered from quality control issues. They are working hard to rectify those weaknesses.
Europeana is funded by the European Union, which is building the open, trusted source for European cultural content and aims to aggregate and provide access to the digitised collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe.
IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. While not strictly open access, over 1,700,000 items can be browsed or searched, and over 1,500,000 can be downloaded in full text! RePEc aims to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers.
OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s their mission to improve student access to education. OpenStax provides open access textbooks in a number of different fields, that have been widely adopted at colleges and universities.
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Olin library has ensured that links in PubMed to toll access materials licensed by Olin link to the full text of articles in the Olin KnowledgeBase.
Rollins Scholarship Online (RSO) collects and organizes the research and scholarly output of Rollins faculty and students, and makes their work accessible to scholars and researchers worldwide. RSO also hosts journals, conferences, and other collections. RSO is administered by the Olin Library and serves as a permanent digital archive for these materials.
SPARC, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition, is an international alliance of academic libraries seeking to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Great source for news about and assistance with open access. Rollins is a member.