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Author Rights and Open Access (OA)

Sources to protect your copyright and to promote the use of open access publishing

Open Access Monographs

Directory of Open Access Books
"Directory of Open Access Books is a joint service of OAPEN, OpenEdition, CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université. Provides access to "28505 Academic peer-reviewed books from 381 publishers."

Open Access Publishing in European Networks
"OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation."

Open Book Publishers 
"Our books are published in hardback, paperback and ebook editions, but we also publish free online editions of every title in PDF, HTML and XML formats that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere."

Open Textbook Library 
"These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The library currently includes 717 textbooks, with more being added all the time."

Project Gutenberg
"Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education." 

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
"The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective."

Springer Nature
"Publishes open access (OA) books and chapters under its SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan imprints...We publish open access books across a wide range of areas in science, technology, medicine (STM), and humanities and social sciences (HSS)."

TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) 
"Monographs remain the preeminent form of scholarly publication in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, but the funding model is broken. TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) seeks to address this problem by moving us toward a new, more sustainable system in which monograph publishing costs are met by institutionally funded faculty book subsidies."
" is a place for individuals and institutions to join together in support of free ebooks. We work together to support authors, publishers, or other rights holders who want their ebooks to be free."

The University of Calgary Press
"The University of Calgary Press published its first Open Access book in 2010...With over 110 Open Access books available to read and download online"

OA Journal Publishing Resources

Decorative image "Here’s how it works: We make your work legally free for all using “self-archiving”, often called Green Open Access. This works for almost all major journals, and is encouraged by major publishers, funders, and libraries."

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Think. Check. Submit.
“Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Through a range of
tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers,
promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.”

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SPARC ( (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
“SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC
empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and
practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.”

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Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
“...developing and disseminating publishing solutions that advance open access, preserve the integrity of
scholarship, and promote best practice.”

decorative imageOpen Access Academy
“Providing Resources, Support and Advice for students and young researchers in their journey from
writing to publishing their scientific papers”

Decorative imageThe Right to Research Coalition
“Scholarly knowledge is part of the common wealth of humanity. Unfortunately, not everyone has
access to the scholarly literature, despite advances in communications technology. The high cost of academic journals restricts access to knowledge; in some fields, prices can reach $20,000 for a single journal subscription 1 or $30 for an individual article. 2 Despite these high prices, authors of scholarly articles are not paid for their work. The profits from these publications go solely to the publishers of the journals. A vast amount of research is funded from public sources – yet taxpayers are locked out by the cost of access.“

Scholarly Publishing at Boise State

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Services provided by ScholarWorks staff at Albertsons Library:

  • Creation of a SelectedWorks page for faculty to highlight their work
  • Uploading of your work to ScholarWorks, such as journal articles, theses, datasets, pre-prints and more
  • Consultations regarding fair use, licensing, and author's rights
  • Uploading of your open textbook to ScholarWorks
  • The electronic publishing of academic journals

For more information about ScholarWorks, please contact: