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."
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".
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:
Common myths about open access abound, such as:
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)
Here are helpful resources to review if you are considering starting an online journal: