One of the most significant initiatives aimed at addressing the crisis in scholarly communication is the open access movement. If an article is “Open Access” it means that it can be freely accessed through the Internet. The potential readership of open access articles is far greater than that of articles published in subscription-based journals. Open access does not affect peer-review; articles are peer-reviewed and published in journals in the normal way.
Scholars around the world have started open access publishing initiatives that provide free access to their content. Open access journals are usually peer-reviewed. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists scholarly journals in which you might want to publish.
- Discipline-specific repositories: Many disciplines now have respositories in which scholars can deposit their materials, including preprints, datasets, and previously published journal articles. OpenDOAR is a directory of repositories around the world.
- Institutional repositories: Tufts University has a digital repository in which faculty can deposit their materials. If you would like to deposit your materials for distribution via the Tufts Digital Library, contact Digital Collections and Archives (DCA).
- NIH-funded research: If your research is funded by NIH, you are required to deposit your publications in PubMed Central.
Authors own the copyright to their works until they sign copyright over to a publisher. This is why authors may archive their preprints, but must ask permission for the deposit of published articles in a repository. In order to avoid this scenario, Tufts University strongly recommends that authors retain copyright rights as part of their publication agreement. Without such rights, authors may not be able to distribute copies of their own papers in their classes, post their own papers to a course site, or deposit them in a repository. We suggest that authors use the Tufts-approved Amendment to Publication Agreement.
The Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) project is a Web-based publication of educational material from a number of Tufts University courses, providing open sharing of free searchable high quality course content to educators, students, and self-learners throughout the global community. The content is licensed under the
Creative Commons 3.0 license terms of Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike, which protects the copyright holder’s works while encouraging certain uses of the works such as reuse and the creation of derivative works. (Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright.)
Tufts OCW does not require any registration. It is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting program.