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Open Access Library

A selected list of open access resources arranged alphabetically.

About Open Access

COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

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).

Global Open Access Portal 

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 (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européenes de Recherche) = Associations of European Research Libraries

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).

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

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

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 (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)

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.


SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. see also SPARC Europe

Initiatives and Guidelines

CARL (Canadian Association of Research libraries)
ABRC (Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada)

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.

Budapest Open Access Initiative

National Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe 

Analysis of a questionnaire to the European Research Area Committee.

Complying with Open Access Policies.

Most major research funders now have a requirement for outputs to be made open access (OA). (source: website)

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook

Practical steps for Implementing Open Access

Memorandum for the Heads of 
Executive Departments and Agencies

From: Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Subject: Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.

Predatory Journals

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.

Predatory open access publishing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In academic publishingpredatory 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)

Beyond Beall's List - An article in College & Research Libraries News - ACRL

College & Research Libraries News / by M Berger - ‎2015