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Open Access

Open Access information and resources

Getting Started

You have several options for participating in Open Access.  You can publish in open access journals (Gold), publish in journals with Open Access options, and/or deposit a copy of your research in an open database repository (Green)

Open Access Journals

These are the directories that list OA journals:

1.  Directory of Open Access Journals <https://doaj.org/>

2.  Open Access Publishers Association <http://oaspa.org/>

Determine the Open Access options for your Journal

Although publishing in an open access journal is the best way to make your research more accessible, you can still support open access while still publishing in the journal of your choice.  Most journals allow authors to self-archive their work.  If the journal allows you to self-archive, you may be able to post your articles on your website and into an institutional repository.

You can check the open access allowances and limitations of your journal or publisher with one of these methods:

  1. SHERPA/RoMEO <http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/>.  This is the easiest way to see the open access publishing allowances of your journal.  You can search by the name of your journal or publisher.  If you have any doubts about the information, you should contact the publisher directly.
  2. Contact the publisher directly and ask them what their open access policy is and if you are allowed to self-archive.  Make sure you get this information from them in writing.

 

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.