Issue: Barriers to access can prevent researchers from discovering the latest developments in their field.
Critical research resources are often hidden behind a barrier of prohibitively expensive license fees meaning that most researchers cannot access the resources they need.
Solution: Deposit research outputs and data in our institutional repository. Seek publication in open access journals such as BioMed.
Institutional repositories provide preservation and access to enable researchers to comply with their funder's policies. Open access journals facilitate a faster, wider distribution of the latest scientific discoveries.
At the library: Follow our side-bar links for information, tools & resources
Goals for public policy: Scholarly Communications Statement of Principles
Prepared by RIN Research information Network
Open Access Repositories in a Nutshell (ppt – 1.19mb)
Hubbard, Bill. SHERPA Roadshow, De Montfort University, 30th March 2007.
OASIS - Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
The site highlights open access developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies
Voices of Open Access (online video series)
Prepared by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Public Library of Science (PLoS)