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Open Access

Open Access Defined:

According to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Open Access is defined as:

" emerging model of scholarly communication that promises to greatly improve the accessibility of results of research. In general terms, scholarly research that is published in open access is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (although it does require that proper attribution of works be given to authors)."

Find out more on CARL's official webpage:

The video by the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. It was formed to share information and experiences and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access forward at member institutions and advocating for open access nationally and internationally.

Open Access Defined:

From the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access is defined as:

"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research."

Green vs. Gold Open Access




Want more info? Click on the links below:

  • Scholarly Communcation guide on Green, Gold, Gratis and Libre - From Stevens Institute of Technology, this webpage discusses Green, Gold, Gratis and Libre access in detail.
  • Open Access SPARC - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education. As a catalyst for action, SPARC focuses on collaborating with other stakeholders—including authors, publishers, libraries, students, funders, policymakers and the public—to build on the opportunities created by the Internet, promoting changes to both infrastructure and culture needed to make open the default for research and education.


Open access directories contain open access journals which are, generally speaking, quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web covering all subjects and languages. The following is a listing of some of the main directories which organize and provide access to open access journals.

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