Except for the sections on Creative Commons Licenses, The Public Domain, and Copyright, this Libguide Page has been borrowed from the Cornell University Library Open Access Publishing: Where to Publish page. It's licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The Sections on Creative Commons Licenses, The Public Domain, and Copyright have been borrowed from the Loyola Notre Dame Library Copyright Information Center Research Guide and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
There are 2 primary ways to make your publications open access.:
1. Publish in open access journals. See Finding Open Access Journals, here and Predatory Journals and Conferences, here.
2. Deposit your publication in an open access repository, such as ScholarWorks@UMBC. This process is called "self-archiving." Deposit your new works as you finish them. Deposit your older works retroactively. Follow these steps:
Want to know more?
Ross Mounce's "Easy Steps towards Open Scholarship"
This infographic shows how researchers can make their work publicly available, free and legally.
ROAD synthesizes information about open access journals from a number of sources. Its base is a subset of the ISSN registry. Users may browse to find open access journals by country or by subject. Users may also search for an open access title by name, ISSN number, subject, or other concept.
The Directory of Open Access Journals provides browseable lists of journals in many subjects.
Ulrichsweb Serial Directory. A source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.
Pubmed Central. A free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
arXiv. An open-access pre-print repository of articles in the sciences.
bioRxiv. An open-access pre-print repository of biology articles.
medRxiv. An open-access pre-print repository of health sciences articles.
Depositing your work in an open access repository is another way to share your research. Be careful to comply with copyright and licensing restrictions when uploading your published work. Repositories may be institutional, like ScholarWorks@UMBC, or discipline-specific.
What happens to my copyrights for my own published work? Every publisher has different policies in regards to self-archiving and your subsequent use of your published work. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a searchable collection of publisher policies--check here when deciding where to publish.
Data sharing is increasingly important in research and now often mandated by funding agencies. You can deposit your data in ScholarWorks@UMBC. However, there are many discpline-specific data repositories, many of which are open access, and using one of them may increase the chances that your data wil be found and re-used. Here are some resources for finding open access repositories in which to deposit your datasets:
You can make your research open access by publishing in an open access journal, or depositing your publication in an open access repository like ScholarWorks@UMBC.