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The tenets of Open Access are most cogently presented by Peter Suber in his continually updated piece, Open Access Overview (2004). For a quick introduction, he has also authored, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access (2004). Writings on Open Access is a bibliography of his commentaries on the subject.
Interview with Peter Suber in Author Zone (Springer).

Other definitions:

Budapest Open Access Initiative FAQ | Cornell's OA page
Open Access (SPARC®)   |  Bethesda definition (Open Access Now)
Berlin Declaration    |  DOAJ FAQ (journals)

This page will be devoted to links to respositories for e-scholarship and contextual information on open access, as the phenomenon gains currency in the academic landscape. Harvard's resources are also highlighted.

Harvard's OA Journey: An Online Archive

The following links chronicle the develipment of Harvard's Open Access Initiative and the creation of DASH, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard.

Open Access at Harvard

DASH: Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard

Administered by the Harvard University Library Office for Scholarly Communication (HUL-OSC), DASH is a "central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard."


Office for Scholarly Communication

Supports open access policies at Harvard and programs: DASH, Library Lab, The Harvard Open-Access Publishing Equity (HOPE) Fund and
the Compact for Open Access Equity (COPE).

e-scholarship and OA

Contextual information and major organizational initiatives.

Open Access Week, October 24-30, 2011

Conferences and workshops related to open access (wiki)

KU established first coalition of institutions practicing open access 
Twenty-two universities have formed the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi. Supported by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the group will meet at the upcoming Berlin 9 open-access conference (November 9-10, 2011, Washington, DC).

COAPI Cats: A directory of the 22 academic libraries and links to their policies.

Open access policy adopted: The Daily Princetonian article by James Cheng , September 30, 2011).

SPARC announces expanded Open Access Meeting, March 11-13, 2012, Kansas City. Registration information.

Stevan Harnad's post on Hedda/Higher Education Development Association: What is open access and how to provide it? (September 5, 2011)

91 videos from OA week 2010 are available on the open access week site. The Open Access Directory links to OA sites on a variety of related topics ("a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship"). See a similar listing of Blogs about OA.


Recently published and available online:

Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
(Most sources published from 2000-2011)

Listed here are repository portals inviting you to search through them and learn more about what materials are included, policies that govern inclusion of materials and searching and browsing capabilities.

OA Publishing

Quick Links


DOAJ includes "scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content." These journals do not charge readers or institutions for access to content.