Library:Scholarly Communications/How do I make my work OA/Toolkit

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Author Toolkit

Author Addendums

Materials that make it easier to retain the rights to your work.

CARL/SPARC Canadian Author's Addendum
Form that can be filled out and attached to the publication agreement provided by the publisher so that you can retain your choice of rights.
Science Commons, Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine
Generates a PDF addendum that can be signed, dated, and attached to your publisher’s agreement.
Check List for Reviewing Copyright Forms
Helps to determine what rights you’re signing away and what rights you retain so you can decide if you need to make use of an addendum to the contract.

Finding an Open Access Journal

How to find a journal that is aligned with the principles of Open Access.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Aims to be one-stop shopping for users of open access scientific and scholarly journals. You can browse journals by subject to find one that fits your needs.
Ulrich’s Web
A source of detailed information on all types of serials: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, and other non-scholarly periodicals.

Finding an Open Access Repository

How to find an archive for your work in accordance with the principles of Open Access

OpenDOAR
Provides a list of OA repositories and allows you to search for specific repositories or search repository contents. Also provides information about creating meta-data and full-text reuse policies for journals.
arXiv.org (Cornell University Library)
Open Access to over 900,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics. Can be searched by topic, author, title, and contents of abstract, among other things.
Social Science Research Network
Represents a world-wide collective of researchers, users, and specialized research networks devoted to the rapid dissemination of social science research.
PeerJ PrePrints
For uploading drafts of scientific articles that have not yet been peer reviewed for formal publication. PrePrint manuscripts can be submitted to the PeerJ journal, though that is not required.

Policies & Requirements

Where to find information about journal policies and funder mandates for your research.

SHERPA/RoMEO
Search for the copyright & self-archiving policies of a variety of journals, including both the legal policies and a human-readable version of those policies.
SHERPA/JULIET
Check the requirements for funder’s open access policies, either by searching within a country or by searching for individual agencies.

Further Information

Open Access Publisher Discounts for UBC Researchers