Open Access

Information about Open Access to articles and other scholarly texts.

Funder OA Requirements

Many funding insititutions now require recipients to make journal articles freely available to the public. Making journal articles freely available will allow:

  • access to researchers in developing countries,
  • access to researchers at small institutions,
  • taxpayers to see what their monies supported,
  • and support public groups like patient advocacay groups and environmental groups.

SPARC, ROARMAP and SHERPA/FACT provide lists of funding agencies with such mandates. A Funder Compliance guide is available from the JHU Libraries.

Faculty Open Access Agreements

Faculty and researchers at many universities, institutions, individual schools and units have agreed to make their journal articles freely available to the public. These mandates are generally not tied to funding directives, but are focused on making research (journal articles) generated by a specific group freely available to everyone. University of Oregon law professor Eric Priest analyzed the Harvard OA mandate in this paper.

ROARMAP provides lists of the institutions and units that have these mandates. You can search or browse to view the wide range of mandates and institutions involved. SPARC hosts the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI).

Below are a few of the more prominent institutions that have such a mandate.

What is Open Access by PHD Comics

Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen, with the gang at PHD Comics, explain Open Access for Open Access Week 2012.