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Open Access Resources for Further Exploration

This year’s Open Access Week celebration is coming to a close. We hope that you have enjoyed following along with UCF Libraries’ blog posts, social media posts, and other activities that highlighted the Open Access (OA) movement. If you missed any of our efforts, you can always revisit them by visiting the Libraries’ blog or by checking out the Open Access Week archives in STARS, UCF’s institutional repository.

Of course, just because Open Access Week is ending, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn more about OA throughout the year. Here are a few resources that you can explore for more information about the movement and tools you can use to find Open Access research.

UCF Open Access Resources

  • UCF Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication: Learn about Open Access and what it means for universities, libraries, and your own published works. This page also highlights the Libraries’ Open Access Champions Program. 
  • Open Access Research Guide: This recently updated guide provides general information about the Open Access publishing movement, along with tools and resources to aid faculty and students interested in both utilizing and publishing Open Access resources. 
  • STARS: UCF’s Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship exists to publicize, disseminate, and provide ready access to works by, for, and about the University of Central Florida. Explore the Open Access resources available in this repository produced by UCF researchers. 
  • Open Access Publishing Fund: The College of Graduate Studies currently offers annual support for article processing charges (APCs) for current and recent (within one year of graduate or employment) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Other Open Access Resources

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): “DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, Open Access, peer-reviewed journals.”
  • Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA): “The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a membership organisation that was established in 2008 in order to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines.”
  • SPARC: “SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.”

For additional information or to answer any questions please contact Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

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