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Open Access Publishing

This guide provides information on identifying Open Access journals, making use of open repositories, and finding university-related discounts for Open Access publishing,


There are many helpful resources surrounding open access. Here are a few you may be interested in:

  • Experimental Publishing Compendium – compendium with examples of experimental books, and publishing practices with a focus on free and open-source software, platforms, and digital publishing tools
  • OAD (Open Access Directory) wiki site – compendium of factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large
  • OASIS – Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook. Click the "Researchers" link in the left menu bar
  • SPARC– Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) works to enable open sharing of research outputs and educational material
  • PLoS – Public Library of Science (PLoS) is an open access scientific publisher
  • Open Access – a Northwestern University Libraries site 
  • Open Access Health Information - a guide by Galter Library on health resources that are freely available
  • Sherpa Services- consolidates Romeo, Juliet, Fact, and OpenDOAR [beta: 1/2024]
  • SpringerNature Funding for Open Access Articles - compiled a list of more than 250 research funders and institutions worldwide that fund publication costs

Open Education Resources / Open Textbooks

  • Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)- developed by George Mason University to search across 21 different sources of open educational materials
  • OAPEN OA Books Toolkit- designed to help authors better understand OA for books and to provide guidance on the publishing process. 
  • OASIS- search tool designed by SUNY-Geneso to make discovery of open content easier 
  • The OER Starter Kit / Abbie Elder- provides instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER)
  • Open Education Resources- a website of Northwestern University Libraries (focus: undergraduate education)
  • Open-i - National Library of Medicine's Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine
  • OPEN Illinois Initiative - CARLI (Illinois library consortium) site to facilitate members’ use and support of Open Educational Resources (OER), especially training, advocacy, and coordination of cooperative effort

Open Science / Open Scholarship

Support from Galter Library

Your Liaison Librarian can help you:

  • find open access journals that relate to your research
  • determine if an open access journal is indexed in reputable databases
  • review how to deposit a manuscript into the Prism repository

NIH Public Access Policy

Check out Galter Library’s NIH Public Access Policy guide describing the logistics of submitting papers to the NIHMS system and maintaining compliance with the NIH’s Public Access Policy.