COAR is an international association with over 100 members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. COAR brings together the repository community and major repository networks in order build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community (source: website).
The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information in 158 countries worldwide. For countries that have been more successful in implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of Open Access development, the portal identifies key players, potential barriers, and opportunities (source: website).
Liber represents the interests of European research libraries, their universities and researchers, and lobbies policymakers on issues such as Copyright and Open Access (source: website).
Our mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.
The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them, use them for reference, and update them. (source: website)
OASPA represents the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally, across all subjects and disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.
CARL is committed to open access as a means of broadening access to scholarly materials = L’ABRC s’engage à promouvoir le libre accès en tant que moyen de rendre plus accessibles les documents savants.
Most major research funders now have a requirement for outputs to be made open access (OA). (source: website)
Practical steps for Implementing Open Access
From: Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Subject: Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.
Sadly, as it seems to be the case with all technology, the Open Access movement comes with a dark side. This links here list, and discuss predatory journals.
In academic publishing, predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not). "Beall's List", a regularly-updated report by Jeffrey Beall, sets forth criteria for categorizing predatory publications and lists publishers and independent journals that meet those criteria.
(Source: Wikipedia website)
College & Research Libraries News / by M Berger - 2015