The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
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Open Access Publishing
Open Access Publishing
Increased Visibility via Open Access (OA)
What is open access publishing?
Open Access describes content that can be accessed free of charge. The aim of open access publishing is to ensure the free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for all.
Open Access Journal Publishing
Open Access Journal Publishing is the means by which journals provide OA to their articles 'either by charging the author-institution (this is known as the 'author pays' model) for refereeing/publishing outgoing articles instead of charging the user-institution for accessing incoming articles, or by simply making their online edition free for all'. See this link for a 'Very Brief Introduction to Open Access' by Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication.
In this Youtube tutorial Peter Suber, answers the questions:
* What is open access?
* How do authors benefit from open access?
* How do readers benefit from open access?
* How can people participate in the growth of open access?
* What do you see as the future of open access?
Finding Open Access Publications
- Search the Directory of Open Access Journalsto locate OA publications. DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association OASPA works to “promote a uniform definition of OA publishing, best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly communications, and ethical standards.”
Open Access deposit in institutional repository - ARAN Access to research at NUI Galway
Open Access institutional repositories allow authors to deposit their articles free of charge thus meeting the requirements of funders’ Open Access mandates.
Open Access publishing is recognised as an effective way to increase accessibility and therefore visibility of your research publications. The Library helps to maximise the exposure of NUI Galway research, by making the publications of NUI Galway academic staff and researchers openly available through the University's Institutional Repository - ARAN.
Publishers’ policies vary as to what version may be uploaded. Most journals permit researchers to deposit a version of their articles in an open access repository. For a comprehensive list of publisher and journal policies see SHERPA-RoMEO Consult this guide published by UCD Library to see examples of acceptable versions.
For more information on ARAN including further benefits for researchers, see the About ARAN webpage .
The Library's Research Librarian would be happy to advise on how you can have your publications included in ARAN and other ways of maximising the visibilty of your research.
RIAN Open Access to Irish research publications
RIAN, the Irish word for path, is your route to Open Access Irish research publications
RIAN was established to provide access to the Institutional Repositories of the seven university libraries in one portal. It has been expanded to include other Irish research repositories.