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Open Access in Academia

Open Access Information and Resources

What Does Open Access Publishing mean?

There's a variety of Open Access journals in which you can publish your research. The OA journals vary from free, without any permissions or fee barriers, to restricted access based copyright-related issues. It is a way of publishing your work so that your students and colleagues can access it without barriers. Here are some options:

Option 1: Publish in open access journals (Gold) for a fee. These journals permit you to publish your work so it is freely available on the web. The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is an example of an Open Access publisher in the fields of science and medicine.

Option #2 Publish in journals with Open Access options and/or deposit your research in an open database repository (Green).

Open Access Repositories

The purpose of repositories is to provide open access and preservation of research outputs and other materials such as learning resources and creative work. 

Institutional Repository

Bronco Scholar <http://broncoscholar.library.cpp.edu/>

Cal Poly Pomona's institutional repository.  This is a place to deposit your research or other creative projects for long-term access and preservation. 

Disciplinary Repositories

Open Access Directory <http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Disciplinary_repositories>

This list contains all the repositories listed below.  It is a wiki hosted by Simmons College.  This is the most comprehensive list of Open Access repositories listed on the Web.

Science and Engineering Repositories

ArXiv <http://arxiv.org>

An open access repository for Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Nonlinear Sciences, Quantitative Biology, and Statistics

Citseer <http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/index;jsessionid=B921AFC1DE607EC545A6ACB25848137B>

Focused on computer and information science, Citseer is a search engine for research papers on the Web, but is also a repository that accepts submissions.

Cogprints <http://cogprints.org/>

Accepts self-archived papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics,  many areas of Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology, Medicine, Anthropology, and other sciences related to the study of cognition.

Social Science Repositories

RePEC <http://repec.org/>

Repository for research in economics and related sciences.  Can deposit working papers, journal articles, books, book chapters and software components.

Cogprints <http://cogprints.org/>

Accepts self-archived papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics,  many areas of Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology, Medicine, Anthropology, and other sciences related to the study of cognition.