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Open Access Publishing Guide

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:

  • OAD (Open Access Directory) wiki site – contains a complete history of OA, lists of OA journals, institutions with OA policies, educational materials, and a lot more
  • 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 Guide – a guide by Northwestern University Libraries
  • Open Access Health Information - a guide by Galter Library on health resources that are freely available
  • 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.
  • 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 guide by Northwestern University Libraries. 
  • OAPEN OA Books Toolkit- designed to help authors better understand OA for books and to provide guidance on the publishing process. 

Open Science

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 DigitalHub 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.