General 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

Online Journals

Open Access Publishers and Journal Lists

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

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
A directory supported by Open Society Institute and SPARC of Lund University, Sweden
Information about new free medical journals

Library Publishing Media
Academic publisher with over 400 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines

Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journals in Biomedical Sciences

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

PubMed Central
A digital archive of Life Sciences journal literature by U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

PubMed Central Europe
Europe PMC is a unique, free, information resource for biomedical and health researchers

Definitions and Overviews

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (PDF)
Definition of An Open Access Contribution

Framing the Issue - Open Access (PDF)
Definition, resources, and examples of Open Access implementation by Association of Research Libraries

Open Access Overview
An introduction to Open Access

Open Access Overviews
An overview of Open Access by Cornell University Library

Timeline of the Open Access Movement
Formerly called the Timeline of the Free Online Scholarship Movement

Policies and Proposals

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

Bethesda Statement on Open Access Funding
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

Public Access to NIH-Funded Research
Final NIH Policy, News Releases and Related Articles, Public Comments on Proposed NIH Policy, and Meeting Summaries

Registry of OA Repository Mandates and Policies

Searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by institutions

Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science
A statement by nonprofit medical and scientific communities


Create Change
A commitment to support faculty and librarians in scholarly communication

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
News and events related to Open Archives Initiative

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

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

Archives and Repositories

The Access/Impact Problem and the Green and Gold Roads to Open Access (PDF)
Opportunities of self-archiving and Open Access

A repository software developed by MIT for digital archiving needs

Institutional Repositories
Partnering with Faculty to Enhance Scholarly Communication

Search engine for Open Access literature maintained by OCLC

OpCit: The Open Citation Project
A description of Reference Linking and Citation Analysis for Open Archives

Open-access archives and repositories
A list of archives and repositories

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

Other Resources and Background

Open Access or Differential Pricing for Journals: The Road Best Traveled? by David Stern

The Promise and Peril of 'Open Access' Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2004