Open access is the free and immediate access to peer-reviewed academic research, which helps reduce barriers to education. Open access research helps increase the impact of your work because it is not restricted behind a paywall, some of which can be very cost-prohibitive. In order to assess the “openness” of the publishers you are working with, there are several sites you can use. In addition to this, you may choose to license your work openly (e.g. with Creative Commons licenses) so that researchers gain immediate rights of reuse, thus enabling the wider research community to build on your work. For more information, please see the sources in the next box.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that encourages a culture and community of sharing. Through helping to grow a community and providing legal tools to help creators share their work, they encourage the free exchange of academic and creative resources.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) provides a directory of open access journals and articles. It also provides details on whether these journals use Creative Commons licenses, levy publication charges and incorporate peer review.
Sherpa Services provides information on open access publishing in relation to copyright, journal compliance with funders, repository suitability and more.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) advances open access publishing standards and requires its members adhere to strict criterion. Looking at the membership list can be a great way to find open access publishers who have gone through a vetting process.
The purpose of this guide is to help the University of Nebraska at Omaha community explore and understand new models of scholarly publishing. The guide provides information on open access within the scholarly communications' life cycle and the ways UNO participates.