Open Access Resources

What are Open Access Resources

Open Access Resources are any type of educational materials that are freely and openly available to the public without any access or distribution restrictions. This includes things like journal articles, books, conference papers, theses, and other types of research, as well as educational videos, audio recordings, and other multimedia content. Open Access Resources are typically published online and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. The main goal of open access is to make knowledge and information more widely available and to reduce the barriers to accessing and using it, such as subscription fees or pay walls. This can also help to increase the impact and reach of research and scholarship, by making it more accessible to a wider range of people, including researchers, educators, and students.

Use of Open Access Resources in School Library

Open Access Resources can be used in school libraries to provide students and faculty with free and unrestricted access to educational materials. These resources can include online journals, textbooks, videos, and other multimedia content that can be used for research, learning, and teaching. Some examples of open access resources that could be used in a school library include Project Gutenberg, which offers over 60,000 free e-books, and JSTOR, which provides access to thousands of academic journals and primary sources. By using open access resources, school libraries can help to reduce the cost of education and increase access to information for students and faculty.


There are several benefits to using open access resources in education and research:

  1. Increased access to knowledge: Open access resources make information and knowledge more widely available, which can help to reduce the barriers to accessing and using it. This can be particularly beneficial for students and researchers in developing countries, or for those who may not have the financial resources to access paywalled content.
  2. Cost savings: Open access resources can save money for individuals, institutions, and governments by eliminating the need to pay for subscription fees or access to individual articles.
  3. Greater reach and impact of research: Open access resources can help to increase the visibility and impact of research by making it more widely available. This can help to improve the dissemination of new ideas and discoveries, and can lead to greater collaboration and innovation.
  4. Improved education: Open access resources can also be useful for educators, by providing them with a wide range of high-quality and up-to-date materials that they can use in their teaching.
  5. Better collaboration: Open access resources can facilitate collaboration and sharing between researchers and educators, across different disciplines and geographic locations.
  6. Data preservation: Open access resources are more likely to be preserved for the long-term, which ensures the continued availability of valuable information and knowledge.

Types of Open Access Resources

  1. Repository-based or “Green” open access: When the author-accepted version of a published work is deposited into a subject-based repository or an institutional repository, it is referred to be “green” open access. Every Australian university has a repository for this use. Examples from other countries are Europe PMC and PubMed Central® (PMC). A Creative Commons License, which limits how articles can be used, may be attached to them.
  2. Journal-based  or “Gold” Open Access: “Gold” open access refers to publishing in an academic journal that is entirely open access, meaning that the final published copies of articles are fully open access and the journal’s publisher offers free and immediate online access to the journal’s whole content. The Creative Commons License that is applied to articles outlines the permissible uses for the content. This kind of open access has a variety of business models. An article processing charge (APC), which the publisher occasionally levies, may be covered by the author’s institution, a funding agency, or a lone researcher. APCs can be paid in conjunction with transformative agreements. The Directory of Open Access Journals keeps an extensive list of open access publications. There is also a Directory of Open Access Resources.
  3. “Diamond” Open access: Open access journals that are both free for users to access and for authors to publish in are referred to as “diamond” open access. These publications are frequently community-driven and backed by national or local infrastructure as well as institutions. cOAlition S recently paid for a report that examined the vast global selection of Diamond open access publications.
  4. “Hybrid” open access: When an article processing fee is paid for a specific journal article to be made open access in an otherwise subscription publication, this is referred to as “hybrid” open access. There is always an APC associated with this sort of open access, and these APCs are typically larger than for publications that are totally open access. Other than through “read and publish agreements,” when universities pay for both access to research and for researchers to publish in particular journals, no universities in Australia or New Zealand embrace hybrid open access.
  5. “Bronze” open access: A journal article that is openly accessible but has no open licence is referred to as “bronze” open access. 
  6.  “Black” open access: Illegal open access to a resource or journal is referred to as “black” open access.

In conclusion, open access resources play a vital role in education and research, by providing free and unrestricted access to knowledge and information. By using open access resources, schools, libraries, and universities can help to increase access to educational materials, reduce the cost of education, and improve the reach and impact of research. Open access resources can also be useful for educators by providing them with a wide range of high-quality and up-to-date materials that they can use in their teaching. Additionally, open access resources can facilitate collaboration and sharing between researchers and educators, across different disciplines and geographic locations, and can ensure the preservation of valuable information and knowledge for the long-term. Overall, the use of open access resources can have a significant positive impact on education and research.


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