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Open Access

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information to the UMass Medical School community about open access and new models of scholarly publishing.

How to Make Your Own Work Open Access

There are 2 primary ways to make your publications open access:

1. Publish in open access journals.  See the Publishing Opportunities section on this page for more information.

2. Deposit your publication in an open access repository, such as eScholarship@UMMS.  This process is called "self-archiving."

Peter Suber has written a detailed post on this topic called "How to Make Your Own Work Open Access" for the Harvard Open Access Project.

Carly Strasser explains on the California Digital Library's DataPub blog how researchers can make their previous work open access.  Remember, UMMS researchers can deposit their manuscripts in the eScholarship@UMMS repository to make them publicly available.

Here are researcher Jonathan Eisen's list of "10 things you can do to REALLY support open access" and Ross Mounce's "Easy Steps towards Open Scholarship".

Publishing Opportunities

Looking for an Open Access journal to publish in? Choose one that you read. 

Students and Open Educational Resources

The Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), a student organization formed in 2009 with nearly 7 million members, has published a student guide to open access publishing: “Optimize Your Publishing, Maximize Your Impact.”  This resource presents students with the ways in which they can make their research openly available for the widest possible readership and lays out the benefits of doing so – both as authors and as readers. This is a great resource for student authors.

Also check out Three Things Students Can Do Now to Promote Open Access from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Read about the importance of Open Education in this factsheet from SPARC:

Open Education factsheet from SPARC

Dispelling Myths about Open Access

Common myths about open access abound, such as:  

  • Open Access Journals are the ONLY option for Open Access (No, they're not!) 
  • Open Access Journals are of poorer quality than toll access journals. (Nope.) 
  • Access is already easy. (No!!)

Read more about these and other Open Access myths in this blog post from Peter Suber: Open Access: Six Myths To Put To Rest (from The Guardian, October 21, 2013)

Start an Online Open Access Journal

Here are helpful resources to review if you are considering starting an online journal:

Helpful Resources