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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.

Criteria for Trustworthy Open Access Journals

Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

This is a list developed by Grand Valley State University Libraries. It is a great place to start if you are considering using articles from an open access journal or publishing in one.

Think, Check, Submit A quick and simple list of criteria which will help determining if a journal is non-pretatory.

Retraction Watch Reports on restracted articles.

DOAJ Best Practice Guide Evolving collection of journals, metrics, etc. on best practices largely for open access journals. Some of the components are presented separately here.

Other Sites of Interest

Other sources for discussions on open-access.


DOAJ Best Pracitices Guide Good summary of tools, organizations, etc. for OER and 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

SPARC: 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.

Open and Shut? Blog maintained by Richard Poynder, a long-time observer of the open-access movement.

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

Delhi Declaration on Open Access Issued by Open Access India.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Non-profit organization working on greater access to knowledge in developing and transitioning countries.

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-access 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.

Searching for OERs

One way to search for OERs in general, including Open Textbooks, is to use Google Advanced Search.

Google Advanced Search allows searching by Usage Rights. it can be found under Settings. The direct link is reproduced below. 

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