Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Creative Commons Cheat Sheet for Higher Education by Jonathan Poritz. CC BY SA 4.0.

  • From the abstract: “What folks working in higher education in the US need to know
    about Creative Commons licenses, the version of copyrights which most reflects
    the values of the academy.”

More information about Open Access

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

  • A short description defining open access, research articles, open access repositories, archives, and journals (places where open access content is shared).

Open Access Overview by University of Minnesota Libraries

  • An introduction to open access, specifically how it pertains to librarians. Provides additional resources and information from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) about open access for librarians.

Open Access Publishing: A New Model Based on Centuries of Tradition by University of Washington Libraries

  • A brief introduction to open access publishing for librarians including supplementary links to related guides for librarians regarding open access support.

Open Access Publishing by Berkeley Library Scholarly Communication Services

  • Information on open access, funding, and how open access scholarship fits into the framework of academic publishing.

Academic Libraries and Open Access By Aaron Tay

  • A substantial discussion regarding how open access publishing fits into the space of academic publishing at large and current issues surrounding open access.

Removing the Barriers to Research: An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians by Peter Suber

  • A detailed description of open access for librarians that digs into some of the deeper logistics of how open access publishing works in practice.

Open access: The true cost of science publishing by Richard Van Noorden

  • A discussion about the ethics of publishing, including how open access quells some of
    these ethical issues and the practicality of free access to journals.

We’ve failed: Pirate black open access is trumping green and gold and we must change our approach by Toby Green

  • A discussion of current issues in the realm of open access publishing and prescriptions
    of how to make improvements to current models.


Open Access Overview: Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their preprints by Peter Suber CC BY 3.0

  • Article providing definitions, initiatives, and discussion surrounding open access,
    including discussions regarding journals, repositories, cost models, and public interest

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? By Stephen Buranyi

  • Article discussing the ethics of the traditional academic publishing model and its impact
    on the propagation of new research and scientific discovery.

Understanding Open Access: When, Why, & How to Make Your Work Openly Accessible by Lexi Rubow, Rachael Shen, & Brianna Schofield at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic CC BY 4.0

  • An in-depth overview of open access and how to make your own work openly

More information about Open Access and OER advocacy

ROAR: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policy by The School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton

  • A review of existing open access policies including terms and details.

OER and Advocacy: What Can Librarians Do? By University of Toronto Libraries

  • Resources and information regarding how librarians can support OER adoption as
    well as some faculty perspectives on OER.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Scholarly Communication Overview by Advancing Learning Transforming Scholarship at the Association of College & Research Libraries

  • A toolkit to help librarians integrate a scholarly communication perspective into library
    operations and programs, as well as prepare presentations on scholarly
    communication issues for administrators, faculty, staff, students, or other librarians.

More information about emerging models of Open Access publishing


Open In Order To…Accelerate Research and Scientific Discoveries by Timothy Vollmer CC BY 4.0

  • Article about the value of open access based on a recap of a Creative Commons Slack
    chat about the importance of preprints for open access publishing.

Q&A with PLOS co-founder Michael Eisen by Richard Poynder

  • An interview with Michael Eisen about the costs and futures of open access publishing.