Open Access Resources

[Under Development]

The following are links to selected 'open access' web sites, resources, publications, and more:   Videos
  • Bentham Open Access - Over 230 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all major disciplines of science, technology, and more.
  • BookBoon - An online web site providing free downloads of  eTextbooks on Energy & the Environment.
  • CIA World Fact Book - Providing information on the people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation and more about countries around the world.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Encyclopedia of Life - Providing free and 'open access' to knowledge about life on Earth.
  • Energy Science & Engineering - One of the new 'open access' journals published by John Wiley & Sons.
  • EPA Reports & Information - Online resources to access publications and data on hazardous waste, municipal wasted, regulations, etc. 
  • InTech - Collaborating with thousands of authors to provide free and open access to science and technology journals and books.
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) - Provides access to selected WRI reports on Climate, Energy, Transport, Ecosystems, and more.

"By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”   -  See The Budapest Open Access Initiative

Open Access Organizations

  • Connexions / OpenStax - A virtual environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Creative Commons - Helping people to share knowledge, research, and educational materials with others around the world.
  • EIFL Open Access - A global network of national library consortia advocating open access to knowledge for education & research purposes.
  • Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - Supporting new communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.

* Check out Google Scholar - A simple way to search for scholarly literature, e.g. articles, theses, books, abstracts, online repositories, etc.

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** Also check out the new Global Atlas for alternative energy provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).