Open Access simply means access to all. However, just because authors provide publishers with the access to their work, does not mean that those works are available for free in all cases. In most cases, one would either have to be a member of the site offering open access documents or at least have to pay a minimal fee to have full access to the relevant information.
However, open access still allows persons to see what’s out there in terms of academic, scientific and peer-reviewed information, thus, making their research easier, in that, they would know what is available for a particular study.
Although, our company does not have access to any one particular repository or subscription provider in terms of online access to journal articles and even e-books, there are avenues that those with the required resources can use to find information to assist in their research. Thus, if you have a personal credit card and are able to pay those minimal fees for open access, or even if you are lucky to come across articles that are ‘self-archived’ and offered for free there are certain tools available in the form of websites to help you.
These tools include:
- Directory of Open Access Journals which allows the visibility and ease of use for scientific and scholarly journals.
- Directory of Open Access Books where one can view information about open access books, read abstracts, purchase books and even in some case have free access to digital copies of the books.
- OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories which is an authoritative directory on open access repositories, informing persons about open access repositories, their contents and even their statistics.
I do hope that such tools assist members of staff positively in their search for scholarly information and allow them to produce work of the best quality. Happy reading 🙂