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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.

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:

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
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Dramatic Growth of Open Access

The Dramatic Growth of Open Access Series is a quarterly series (end of March, June, September, and December) of key data illustrating the growth of open access, with additional comments and analysis. The series was founded and has been maintained since 2005 by Heather Morrison, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies.