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Open Access: An Overview

What is Open Access?
Definition of Open Access: Open Access (OA) describes online research publications that are free of all access restrictions (ex. pay firewalls) and free of most copyright or licensing restrictions on use. OA can apply to peer reviewed journal articles (and peer reviewed journals), conference papers, theses, book chapters, Ebooks, open textbooks, data sets, learning objects, or media made available through institutional repositories, open educational resource (OER) repositories, etc.

The Right to Research Coalition has published an Open Research Glossary that provides all of the current terminology to describe different  levels of open-ness, open access formats, licensing, author's rights, and publisher's rights. It is frequently updated to reflect advances in publishing models and technologies.
Open Access History, Mandates, and Economics
Guide to Open Access: History of the OA Movement published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library provides an outline of the OA movement with links to founding documents, public access mandates, economics of open access, and more.
Open Access Organizations
Open Access Network (OAN) is made up of committed individuals, organizations, societies, publishers, libraries, and institutions working together to make knowledge public. Their focus is on humanities and social science disciplines.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) represents the interests of OA journal and book publishers around the world.

Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a global non-profit organization focused on educating organizations about open data, and to use it to take action on social issues.

Open Science Foundation (OSF) is a non-profit alliance of scientists, writers, jorunalists, educators who are makers and advocates for open data, open access, and open source and standards.

The Right to Research Coalition is a student-founded, student-focused that advocates for campus and national policies that promote Open Access, and to educate the next generation of scholars and researchers about Open Access so that it becomes the norm.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge and accelerate discovery. They are committed to making Open the default for research and education by supporting people and organizations who adopt policies and practices that advance open access, open data, and open education.
Open Access Policies
SHERPA has developed two databases of great benefit to researchers and authors.
JULIET: Research funders' open access policies.
ROMEO: Journal publisher copyright policies re: self-archiving.
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