Open Access Resources

The purpose of this resource page is to collect references related to Open Access issues which have come to our attention through various sources. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement by Scientific Library staff. To suggest additional sources, please contact the Library.

NIH Public Access Policy - Manuscript Submission


Resources for Authors

Journals (Print and Online)

Open Access Publishers and Journal Lists

BioMed Central (BMC)
Publisher of peer-reviewed Open Access Biomedical research

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
A community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals

Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD)
An international directory from the ISSN International Centre of open access journals, book series, scholarly blogs, conference proceedings, and academic repositories 

Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Publisher of peer-reviewed, Open Access journals across many areas of science, technology, and medicine

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
Includes a list of open access publishing resources and a list of members of the association

Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Public access to the world's scientific and medical literature supported by a nonprofit organization

Definitions and Overviews

Open Access Overview
An introduction to Open Access

Open Access Oxford Glossary
A glossary of commonly used Open Access terms

Timeline of the Open Access Movement at the Open Access Directory
A list of landmark events in the history of Open Access on the Open Access Directory (OAD) wiki

What is Open Access?
An overview of Open Access by Cornell University Library

Policies and Proposals

The Alliance
Organizational alliances that support open public access to taxpayer-funded research

Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing
Principles and guidelines to promote the transition to Open Access publishing

E-BIOMED: A Proposal for Electronic Publications in the Biomedical Sciences
Electronic communication of Biomedical research

NIH Public Access Policy
Training, policy details, resources for submitting and reporting papers, FAQs, and resources for special users

Plan S
An initiative for Open Access publishing launched in September 2018 and supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders

Registry of OA Repository Mandates and Policies
Searchable international registry charting the growth of Open Access mandates and policies adopted by institutions


Independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers with a mandate to connect users to primary research content, by enabling publishers to work collectively

The Open Archives Initiative
Develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

SPARC - Europe
An alliance of European research libraries, library organizations, and research institutions

Archives and Repositories

Search engine for Open Access literature maintained by OCLC

The Directory of Open Access Repositories; search for world-wide repositories or contents of repositories

PubMed Central
A digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)

PubMed Central Europe
Europe PMC is a digital repository providing access to worldwide life sciences articles, books, patents and clinical guidelines

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
Browse or search a list of Open Access repositories by country, software type, repository type, or subject 

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Repositories
An overview on digital repositories and a list of presentations and tools related to repositories from the Association of College and Research Libraries

Other Resources and Background

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
A directory of over 31,000 open access peer-reviewed books

Open Access Directory
A wiki where the OA community can create and support simple factual lists about Open Access to science and scholarship


Date Last Updated: 11/16/2021