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Open Access: Open Access Resources

Resources and Information about the Open Access Movement

Open Access Journals

Open Access Textbooks (OATs)

Open Access Textbooks (OATs)


The OATs Libguide provides access to descriptions and links to known initiatives and organizations that support the development and promotion of Open Access textbooks, and to OA and low-cost textbook catalogs and databases.

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG)

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The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) advocates to make Australasian research Open and FAIR.

The AOASG supports the Open Knowledge foundation definition of “Open”, i.e. that anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share content for any purpose. We also support the right of authors to retain their copyright and to be attributed for their work. We also recognize the need for research outputs to be FAIR and contributed to the development of the F.A.I.R. Statement in 2016.

The Wellcome Trust

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Wellcome exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome supports researchers, takes on big health challenges, campaigns for better science, and helps everyone get involved with science and health research.

The Wellcome Trust extends open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters

Wellcome Trust extends open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters 30 May 2013. The Wellcome Trust today announces that it is to extend its open access policy to include all scholarly monographs and book chapters written by its grantholders as part of their Trust-funded research.

Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, says: "We are deeply committed to ensuring that the published outputs of our funded research are made freely available. We recognise that a significant amount of scholarly work is published in monographs and book chapters and we want to ensure that these, too, reach as wide an audience as possible. This will allow the knowledge to be built upon in order to maximise health and public benefit, and foster a richer research culture."

OAIster

OAIster is a database that gathers together information about freely available electronic documents and resources. It scans the internet to find freely available items that conform to a particular Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocol.

OAIster can harvest key bibliographic information from these freely available resources and then use this information to point you towards the resources when you do a search on OAIster.

What will you find on OAIster?

  • Theses
  • Journal articles
  • Preprints
  • Book chapters
  • Conference proceedings

Where does OAIster find these items?

OAIster captures information from institutional repositories and from open access journals.

Take note: Some items are peer-reviewed, while others are not.

Open Access Directory

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Relevant Open Source Software

Open source software is available to provide online platforms for repositories, ejournals and conferences. Here are a few examples:

Open Education Resources (OER)

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Open educational resources (OER)
are teaching, learning, and research resources
that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property
license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

Explore the Open Education Resources (OER),  including lectures, activities and labs, readings and syllabi, available on the OER Commons.

Examples of other Open Education Resources (OER) include: