This page contains general information on open-access, such as ethical standards and information on major initiatives.
Ethical Issues and Blogs
Committee on Publication Ethics Created in 1997, COPE provides editors and others with information and guidelines on publication ethics.
Scholarly Open Access Interesting and informative blog maintained by Jeffrey Beall, librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver. Reports on issues in open-access publishing and maintains a list of "predatory" publishers and questionable journals. The criteria for inclusion in these lists are clearly stated on the blog.
Open and Shut? Blog maintained by Richard Poynder, a long-time observer of the open-access movement.
Beyond Beall's List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella. College & Research Libraries. March, 2015. Vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 132-135. A somewhat critical discussion of Beall's List.
Open Access Journal Quality Indicators List produced by Grand Valley State University. University Libraries.
Budapest Open Access Initiative Contains the new 2012 guidelines. The initial initiative grew out of a meeting in 2001 in Budapest of the Open Society Foundations.
NIH Public Access Policy Details of the National Institute of Health Public Access Policy
PKP: Public Knowledge Project This project, the result of collaboration between a number of universities, offers research findings and software, to assist in the publication of open-acess journals. The list of journals using the software does not mean that the journals' content is of high quality or that they follow ethical standards in publication. Some of the links on the list of publications are now broken or misdirecting.