- At IDS and BLDS we are committed to making knowledge available, accessible and relevant to those who can use it to bring about positive change.
- Open Access to research provides an exciting and challenging opportunity to support our vision of research knowledge driving positive social and economic development.
- Open access is a scholarly publishing model offering an alternative to subscription-based systems of research dissemination.
- Open access publications and resources are freely available on the public internet for any user to read, download, print, copy, and distribute. No subscription or pay-per-view charges apply, and there are few restrictions on reuse.
What we do
- BLDS can offer advice on finding and using open access resources, as well as open access publishing options, open licensing and copyright.
- BLDS contributes to Open Access strategy and policy decisions at IDS, and keeps up to date and involved in Open Access issues in the wider information community.
- BLDS also supports open access at IDS by managing the institutional repository OpenDocs. All IDS staff and PhD students are encouraged to add versions of their published work to this platform. (See intranet for further guidance.)
Information for researchers planning Open Access publication
- Check the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to find the most appropriate OA journal for your article.
- Also recommended: The Open Access Directory [wiki].
Some reputable Open Access journal collections/platforms include:
- Remember to simultaneously check your funder’s specific OA requirements (if applicable) through SHERPA JULIET
- To check your publisher’s policy on self-archiving in repositories, use SHERPA RoMEO
Further information is available on the IDS intranet.
- See our E-Library for recommended open access journal collections and repositories.
- Visit OpenDocs for open access publications produced by the IDS Research Community, plus the BLDS Digital Library – research from partner organisations in Africa and Asia.
- See our Open Access Advocacy page for a list of organisations actively promoting OA.
- Subscribe to our Scoop.it topic Open is Mightier for up-to-date news and comment on open access issues from across the web.
- IDS Open Access FAQs
Thomas Gebhart – general open access issues and OpenDocs
Stephanie Watson – copyright
Nason Bimbe – open source platforms and international advocacy