Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research to other scholars and the public. Expanded access creates an environment where research can have a wider reach and quicker discovery. Open access to research also means that research funding can have a deeper impact by allowing others to freely and quickly build on that scholarship and data.
Directory of Open Access Journals - A directory of open access journals from all disciplines. Not every included title is high-impact, but there is a rigorous attempt to week out predatory and illegitimate publishers.
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association - A association of respectable publishers that are committed to open access, and great place to find an open access publisher you can feel comfortable publishing with.
SPARC - "SPARC is a global coalition committed to to making Open the default for research and education." Their site is a great place to get started if you want to learn more about open access.
When your author agreement allows for self-archiving rights, take advantage of that opportunity to share your work with the world! If your work lives beyond the paywall of a journal site, it's more likely to be found and cited by a wider audience. Institutional or disciplinary repositories are great archiving options for many reasons.
Texas ScholarWorks - A repository for research conducted by UT scholars
ERIC - A repository for federally funded research about education
If your research was funded by federal dollars, you are required to make your research available to the public. Your librarian is happy to answer questions or help you navigate this process.
In addition to sharing your manuscripts, your data must also be made public.This always begins with a good Data Management Plan in your grant application. Don't hesitate to ask your librarian for help when developing your DMP as they can make or break an otherwise great funding proposal.
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