Open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (SPARC). Open access can be attained via two primary paths: publishing in an open access journal (Gold) or retaining author’s copyright and posting a copy of the article to an institutional repository or subject repository (Green).
Benefits of open access include:
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) contains information about 14,000+ gold OA journals.
SHERPA/RoMEO provides easy-to-read summaries of journals’ copyright and self-archiving policies.