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Open Access

A guide for Mount Saint Vincent University scholars.
Open Access - a concept to enable scholarly communication. What is it ? Why is it important ?

OA Publications

These directories can be used to help discover OA publications:

  • Open J-Gate An index to articles published in over 7500 English language open access journals of which almost 4500 are peer-reviewed.
  • OpenDOAR
    Directory of academic Open Access repositories.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
    An international organization dedicated to promoting the creation, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations.

  • Open Access Map
  • The Open Access Map displays the locations of all types of OA-related initiatives, including funding policies, government documents, university mandates, repositories, and Open Access journals.


OA Publishers

These publishers give authors the option to pay a fee to make their article immediately open access, although the publisher still retains copyright. This hybrid model of open access does not always apply to the publisher's full suite of journals.

Many publishers hosted by HighWire Press offer free access to the back-files of biomedical journals.

What is Sherpa/RoMEO

Sherpa/RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher policies on the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories. The archiving rights policy for each publisher's entry is coded according to a colour category.

  • green  can archive pre-print amd post-print or publisher's version / PDF
  • blue    can archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF
  • yellow  can archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)
  • white   archiving not formally supported

All open access journals allow archiving and can be taken as RoMEO "green".  "Gold" is not a RoMEO colour category, but is often used to describe publishers of open access journals.

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