Open Access: useful links

Information for authors:

  • Sherpa investigates issues in the future of scholarly communication, supporting institutional repositories to facilitate worldwide dissemination of research.
  • RoMEO presents a summary of permissions normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
  • Juliet presents a summary of policies given by various research funders as part of their grant awards.
  • SHERPA/FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for Open Access to research.
  • Copyright Toolbox explains to authors the implications of publisher agreements and identifies issues that should be considered when a scholarly work is submitted to a journal.
  • SPARC has some further resources for authors.

Publications in Aston Research Explorer (powered by PURE) are indexed by both mainstream search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc) and specialised academic search engines.

Specialised academic search engines:

  • OAIster is a catalogue of digital resources that provides access by 'harvesting' their descriptive metadata (publication records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
  • ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) promotes Open Access to research literature through institutional archives.  This registry monitors overall growth in the number of ePrint archives and maintain a list of ePrints sites (the software used by Aston Research Explorer).
  • OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories) is an authoritative directory of academic Open Access repositories.  It gives a list of worldwide repositories.
  • EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) is a British Library service to access theses produced by UK Higher Education.
  • Europeana library is an online portal offering quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries and it is designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide.

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