In agreeing to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, an author must retain key rights in order legally to be able to post that article on his or her personal Web site or to submit to an open repository. Signing a traditional publishing agreement may mean giving those rights away. Learn more about retaining rights and the tools that are available to help authors to do so.
The following resources support institutions exploring campus-wide policies for Open Access to research. Included are background on the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences policy, the first in which U.S. faculty voted unanimously for Open Access to be made the default; a guide to implementing a similar policy; and additional tools including videos from the SPARC-ACRL forum.
This site provides information for libraries, presses, and other academic units interested in launching and maintaining campus-based publishing partnerships. The resource is maintained by an editorial board representing library and university press staff actively engaged in creating and managing publishing partnerships. It reflects their practical experience and provides information on current developments, as well as guidance on best practices.
The following resources may be helpful for those interested in establishing, accessing, or just educating themselves about online repositories, both institutional and disciplinary. Resources include guides, presentation materials, and handbooks produced by SPARC and other organizations. These provide definitions and developments in the field, and point those interested to the growing number of repositories.
A regular feature of SPARC enews for many years, Industry Roundup now has a home on the Web. View online or subscribe to enews for updates on innovations, partnerships, new projects, and more in the information industry.
A list of available references to monitor trends in journal pricing since the late 1990s.
This section includes resources to help you understand and communicate the case for open access in scholarly communication. Open access is defined as the dissemination of scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions. Materials below present the latest developments in the open access movement.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are a logical extension of what the library community supports in the Open Access movement, and underscore the need for the larger playing field on which scholarly communication takes place to be made more equitable. OER focus not only on journals, but also on full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques that are critical in the learning environment.
Advocates for public access seek the public availability of federally funded research. Proponents believe that research made possible by taxpayers should be posted on online repositories to be made accessible to all. SPARC actively pursues international taxpayer access through:
Also see Meetings & Events for transcripts and recordings of presentations related to Public Access.