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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: About Open Access

A library guide with information about Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Videos about Open Access

About Open Access

Create Change and its member organizations, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have developed several resources that provide information about the Scholarly Publishing Crisis and Open Access. They include:

Economics of Open Access - The open access journal Economic Analysis and Policy published an issue devoted to the study of Open Access in March, 2009.

How Open Is It? - a brochure developed by SPARC, PLOS and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) that explains open access as a spectrum from Closed (the present situation, where access and copyright is controlled by publishers) to Open. The resource on the SPARC web site provides a good explanation of the spectrum of open access.

Open Access - A brochure about one solution to the scholarly publishing crisis, open access to scholarly research and tells how faculty can provide open access to their work.

Author Rights - This brochure introduces the SPARC Author Addendum, a legal form that enables authors of journal articles to modify publishers' copyright transfer agreements and allow authors to keep key rights to their articles. SPARC also has a tool that can be used to develop an author addendum.

Know your Copy Rights - A brochure explaining fair use, the advantages of linking to resources instead of copying them, and issues related to displaying or performing works in classes.