Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research or resources along with the rights to reuse these resources.
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There are countless Open Access journals available now. How can you find them?
Start with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ aims to index and provide access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Worried the journal you found might not be legitimate? Try using the Journal Evaluation Tool from Loyola Marymount University. This rubric and scoring sheet will help in evaluating key aspects of a legitimate journal and may help allay concerns about academic publishing scams.
This tool searches 21 different sources of open educational materials, including textbooks, syllabi, lesson plans, instructional videos and more.
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Works is a research information management system that aims to bring together all of the College's faculty output and research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.
Works is hosted by Digital Commons, and thus is a part of the Digital Commons Network of institutional repositories.
Swarthmore highlights open access works by the Swarthmore community through the #FullTextFriday hashtag on Twitter.
Swarthmore College has been a supporting member of BioMed Central for over 10 years. As a part of our membership, all affiliated faculty receive a 15% discount on the article processing charge; note that we are members of The Oberlin Group of Libraries, so be sure to select that as the affiliation to receive the discount. This discount applies to both BioMed Central articles and SpringerOpen articles.
Swarthmore College is a part of the Oberlin Group, the driving force behind Lever Press:
The Lever Press will not all by itself change the face of scholarly communication, but we are increasingly convinced that it represents an excellent opportunity for us to collectively intervene to help transform this system, and to provide a platform for innovation in the liberal arts.
Luminos is University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for books and is designed as a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.
Access the books Swarthmore helped to fund through Knowledge Unlatched.
The Mission: libraries work together to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books by sharing the costs to publish humanities and social science monographs on Creative Commons licenses.
The Libraries support the Open Library of Humanities, a non-profit open access publisher supported by libraries. They currently publish 27 journals under open licenses, none of which charge author fees.
The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.
About 39% of the collection is in the public domain and freely accessible.
Member libraries are able to download the full text of titles in copyright for users with print disabilities.
The Open Education Network is a community working to make higher education more open. OEN supports the Open Textbook Library, a repository and directory of free, openly licensed textbooks, most of which are peer reviewed.