Read Open Access, Search in Open Access, Cite Open Access and Publish in Open Access
Why is Open Access Important?
As stated by the Public Library Of Science (PLoS), "Published research results and ideas are the foundation for future progress in science and medicine. Open Access publishing therefore leads to wider dissemination of information and increased efficiency in science, by providing:
• Open Access To Ideas. Whether you are a patient seeking health information, an educator wishing to enliven a lesson plan, or a researcher looking to formulate a hypothesis, making papers freely available online provides you with the most current peer-reviewed scientific information and discoveries.
• Open Access To The Broadest Audience. As a researcher, publishing in an open access journal allows anyone with an interest in your work to read it - and that translates into increased usage and impact."
Important Resources and links:
PLoS: Public Library of Science “PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.” http://www.plos.org/ Accessed August 6, 2007.
Directory of Open Access Journals “This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 2794 journals in the directory. Currently 836 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 142393 articles are included in the DOAJ service.”Available: http://www.doaj.org/ Accessed August 6, 2007
The Budapest Open Access Initiative “The Budapest Open Access Initiative arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on December 1-2, 2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet.” Available: http://www.soros.org/openaccess/index.shtml Accessed August 6, 2007
Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative “The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 3750 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.” Available: http://www.who.int/hinari/en/ Accessed August 6, 2007
SciELO Brazil “The Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.” Available: http://www.scielo.br/ Accessed August 6, 2007
SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition “SPARC ®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change.” http://www.arl.org/sparc / Accessed August 6, 2007