A number of institutions and libraries now provide excellent support material to ensure that researchers know about the benefits of open access publishing and archiving.
The best guides provide a clear summary of what open access is, what benefits it offers (both to researchers and to the wider community), and what individual researchers can do to make open access into a reality. Increasingly, these resources also provide researchers with important information
about the latest open access policies and requirements from research funders.
Institutions which have created such information resources for their users include:
- Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique
- Kings College London
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Massachussets Institute of Technology
- University of Zurich
- Universiteit van Amsterdam
In addition, several national organizations have created their own open access information resources, including:
For more information about open access advocacy and the role institutional librarians can play, see:
- Scholarly Communication: Science Librarians as Advocates for Change Elizabeth C.
Turtle and Martin P. Courtois, Issues in Science and
Technology Librarianship, Summer 2007.
- OA Librarian (blog)
- Librarians who support open access (facebook group)
- BioMed Central’s advocacy resources
open access resource guides are a great way to help faculty find out more about open access, and if you are a librarian we encourage you to create such a guide, customized to the needs of your users.
If your institution already has a guide to open access which is not included in the list above, please let us know so we can update this list.