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Open Access Week 2010

Your Guide to Open Access including OA Week 2010

Founding Documents

Open access was defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, February 14, 2002:

By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
(, Accessed: Feb. 3, 2009)



Access to Research Results : Guiding Principles

As the Government of Canada’s principal funders of research and scholarship in the higher education sector, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) actively promote a collaborative, vibrant and innovative research enterprise in Canada. Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing scholarship, promoting intellectual inquiry and critical analysis, and applying knowledge to ensure that practical solutions are found to challenges facing Canadians.

Learn More

Hulda Nelson UC Berkeley News

  • Journals: A directory of Open Access Journals
    Thousands of free, full-text journals covering scholarly/ scientific content.
  • Repositories: Directory of Open Access Repositories
    Institutional Repositories are one way universities in particular can provide free access to academic work. U of T has one!
    The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an education and advocacy group that investigates and reports on alternative scholarly communication strategies.
  • JURN
    JURN searches hundreds of free scholarly ejournals in the arts & humanities.

Information for Authors

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has issued an Intellectual Property Advisory advising scholars to retain their copyright.

Use the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum to ensure you retain your author copyright and afford the widest possible distribution and impact for your scholarly work. See their excellent two minute YouTube movie about the reasons for and ways of retaining individual author rights: