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Organizations & Initiatives

  • Budapest Open Access Initiative
    The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) is a movement that aims to speed progress in making research articles from all academic fields freely available on the Internet.
  • Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
    COPE is an agreement between several universities to commit to establishing systems for underwriting publication charges for open access journals.
  • Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
    OASIS covers the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving open access and highlights developments and initiatives from around the world.

What is Open Access?

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

There are two main approaches to providing open access:

The Green Road: Self-archiving through the direct deposit of scholarly works into a repository such as eScholarship@Morgan (part of MD-SOAR). It is not a publishing method and its express purpose is to make information as accessible as possible. Self-archived works may be published, to-be-published (pre- and post-prints), or unpublished (many theses and conference papers).

The Gold Road: Publishing in open access journals which offer full text access for free to the public.


  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals - all peer-reviewed. They aim to cover all subjects and languages.
  • OpenDOAR
    OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
    Summarizes archiving mandates and guidelines for various research funders.
    Provides copyright and self-archiving policies for many publishers.

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