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Open-Access Resources: Discussion of Open Access


This page contains general information on open-access, such as ethical standards and information on major initiatives.

Other Sites of Interest

Other sources for discussions on open-access.


Open Access Directory Maintained by the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and overseen by an editorial board. List of resources on open access in science and scholarship.

Ethical Issues and Blogs

SPARK: the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition An international alliance of academic and research libraries created around the issues of open-acess.

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.

PubPeer Meant to encourage post-publication discussion of science articles, in a sense a type of post-peer review, the site tends to focus on problematic articles.


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.

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