" 'Open Access' to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole."
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News About Open Access
Selected Resources on Open Access
- What is Open Access? - PhD Comic Video
- Open Access: What's with all the colors? - the "Green" and "Gold" models of open access explained.
- OpCit Project - A wealth of information about the impacts of Open Access, including an up-to-date list and summary of research articles on the effect of open access and downloads on citation impact and related topics.
- Open Access Week 2010 (video) – a one-minute animated video developed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and McGill Libraries to describe the concept of open access.
- Open Access Overview by Peter Suber
- JISC Scholarly Communications Action Handbook - addresses researchers' concerns and provides actions to encourage positive change.
- Grasping What Is Already Within Immediate Reach: Universal Open Access Mandates by Stevan Harnad, ACCESS 2009 Conference Presentation, Charlottetown PEI.
- Greater Reach for Your Research: Resources for Authors - this list of resources, compiled by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, includes the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum, Greater Reach for Your Research: Expanding Readership Through Digital Repositories and Create Change Canada.
- Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook - OASIS is a "sourcebook" on OA for researchers, librarians, publishers, administrators, students and the public. Resources include Briefing Papers, Guides and Overviews, Videos, and Presentations.
- Making Open Science a Reality (pdf) - OECD 2015
- Digital Scholarship Toolbox - CAUL/CBUA Scholarly Communications Committee
- Evaluating Journals - contains tools and advice for evaluating journals both OA and subscription-based, including how to identify predatory publishers
- ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Evaluating Journals - includes resources for identifying predatory publishers
- How to Assess a Journal - Canadian Association of Research Libraries
- Predatory Publishers - (Scholarly Communications, University of Ottawa) provides a checklist to critically evaluate a publisher's legitimacy