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Open Access Task Force: About Open Access

Introduction to Open Access, including information on publisher practices, definitions and other resources.

Videos about Open Access

Open Access Explained! - An 8.5-minute video on open access from the people who developed PhD Comics. It describes the scholarly communication process and why open access is important.

Options for Open Access - This brief 1-minute video provides information on options for open access.

University of California Open Access Mandate - This 1.5 minute video that explains the University of California Open Access Mandate.

Information about Open Access

Association of Research Libraries, 2012. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

Australian Open Access Support Group, 2014. How to Make Your Research Open Access. A simple graphic on how to make research results openly accessible.

Darnton, Robert, 2014. A World Digital Library is Coming True! New York Review of Books, May 22, 2014.

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.

Hess, Charlotte and Ostrom, Elinor, 2003. Ideas, Artifacts, and Facilities: Information as a Common-Pool Resource. Law and Contemporary Problems, Winter/Spring 2003

Jeffery, Keith G., 2006. Open Access: An Introduction. ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) News 64.

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook - a soucebook on open access, including its concepts, principles and advantages, as well as information on means of achieving open access.

Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) - a registry of open access mandates adopted by universities, research institutions and funders.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - provides a number of brochures related to open access:

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.

Create Change - A brochure about the scholarly Publishing system that summarizes alternatives to the present system.

Open Access - A brochure about one solution to the scholarly publishing crisis, open access to scholarly research. It also 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. This allows authors to keep key rights to their articles. SPARC also has an online 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.

Suber, Peter, 2008. Three Principles for University Open Access Policies. SPARC Open Access Newsletter, April 2008. Accessed February 4, 2014.

Suber, Peter, 2013. Open Access Overview. Accessed December 10, 2013.

What is Open Access? A guide from SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research).