Open Access Resources (Free Downloads)


Being Library User, one should have an awareness about Open Access in the current senario and that’s why library has collected and posted basic information on open access.

Open Access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee. Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their institution and think that their access in free, in reality it is not. The institution has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license, and re-use of this content is limited.
Paying for access to content makes sense in the world of print publishing, where providing content to each new reader requires the production of an additional copy, but online it makes much less sense to charge for content when it is possible to provide access to all readers anywhere in the world.

as SHERPA defines, : Open Access is . . . If an article is “Open Access” it means that it can be freely accessed by anyone in the world using an internet connection. This means that the potential readership of Open Access articles is far, far greater than that for articles where the full-text is restricted to subscribers. Evidence shows that making research material Open Access increases the number of readers and significantly increases citations to the article – in some fields increasing citations by 300%.

The Internet provides a new opportunity to bring information to a wider audience at virtually no marginal cost, and allow them to use it in new, innovative ways. This has resulted in a call for new framework to allow research results to be more easily accessed and used – a call for Open Access.

Budapest definition of Open Access: 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..
If you are interested further on Open Access, Please follow below mentioned URLs.
What is Open Access ?
Open Access Overview
Authors and Open Access by SHERPA
Open Access Week – from a blog

List of Open Access Resources Link
    Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.
    OAISTER: OAIster was a project of the Digital Library Production Service[1] of the University of Michigan University Library. OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 25 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors.
ERIC – the Education Resources Information Center – is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
    Open J-Gate
Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from over 8000 open access journals, with links to full text at publisher sites.
    Flat World Knowledge
Founded in 2007, Flat World Knowledge is the largest publisher of open college textbooks for students worldwide. Committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible.
    Open Educational Resources
The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement encourages the creation and reuse of free, high-quality content and open source learning systems to replace expensive and proprietary systems. By promoting OER, community colleges can create sustainable academic resources for students and provide collaborative professional development opportunities for faculty. A wealth of openly licensed and public domain materials are currently available at open repositories on the web that faculty can repurpose in their classes to replace items formerly required for purchase by students.
is an electronic archive for research papers that relate to the study of cognition. It is a publicly accessible website in which researchers can preserve their work as digital documents. The archive includes papers from psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, and from many areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, medicine as well as the physical, social and mathematical sciences.
ArXiv is maintained by Cornell University, it is an e-print service for the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. It serves two functions: preserving the eprints for posterity and providing researchers open access to the eprints. ArXiv works well as a tool to monitor current research. It even has search options labeled “New”, “Recent” and “Catchup.” To keep up to date, you can also set up RSS feeds and/or email alerts to be notified about the newest articles in a field.
A Monthly Double-Blind Peer Reviewed Refereed Open Access International e-Journal – Included in the International Serial Directories Indexed & Listed in Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory , ProQuest, U.S.A., EBSCO Publishing, U.S.A., The American Economic Association’s electronic bibliography, EconLit, U.S.A., Index Copernicus Publishers Panel, Poland, Open J-Gate, India [link of the same is duly available at Inflibnet of University Grants Commission (U.G.C.)] as well as in Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities, U.S.A. Circulated all over the world & Google has verified that scholars of more than Hundred & Thirty Two countries/territories are visiting journals on regular basis.