What is Open Access?
Peter Suber, scholar and advocate of open access (OA) defines OA as “digital online, free of charge," and often carries less copyright and licensing restrictions. Indeed, this literature to the reader is free of charge. To date for authors, there are two free methods of delivering OA, Green and Gold .  Institutions already having the staff and infrastructure produce digital copies and absorb the cost for the author and these articles are considered Green OA. In the case of Gold OA publishing costs may be covered by the author or the author’s employer paying a fee or an article processing charge (APC).  

If problems arise in accessing the libraries’ databases, full- text open access journals may be especially helpful. Below you will see listings of Medicine and Health and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) resources. JURN directory is a fully open access journal covering multidisciplinary journal databases for arts & humanities. "SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education." 

Two Types of Open Access
   
Green OA publishing refers to self-archiving of published or pre-published works for free public use. Examples of green OA include Scholars’ Mine and arxiv.org.
 
  Gold OA publishing refers to works published in an open access journal and accessed via the journal or publisher’s website. Some of these journals or websites are available through the OIT Library Catalog. Examples of Gold OA include PLOS (Public Library of Science) and BioMed Central
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What is Open Access?
Fully Open Access Journals
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a very comprehensive list of journals that publish only open access content. Note, however, that publishers must submit information on their journals to DOAJ, so it is not absolutely complete. DOAJ records include the publisher, language of publication, start date and whether or not there is a publication fee for authors, with a link to the journal’s instructions for authors where available.  Some journals have allowed DOAJ to directly display the journal’s table of contents information as well.

The Digital Commons Network brings together scholarship from hundreds of universities and colleges, providing open access to peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work. This constantly growing body of publications is curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, and represents thousands of disciplines and subject areas.
Predatory Open Access Journals
While Open Access publishing has advantages for scholarly communities, the model also presents opportunities for exploitation and deceit. Organizations claiming to run peer-reviewed, open access publications are sometimes fronts operated to collect production fees from authors (APCs), publishing work with little or no review. Additionally, there is debate around what constitutes a predatory journal, and this lends an element of subjectivity to their classification. The links below are good resources but should not be considered authoritative. When consulting them, it is important to complement their information with your own scrutiny. For assistance with this, contact the subject specialist librarians for your academic field

How to Avoid Predatory Journals -- a Five-Point Plan by Jocalyn Clark. The BMJ (January 19, 2015)

CRS Standards Forum: Predatory Publishing and the ISSN Center’s Response by Annaliese Taylor. ALCTS 

-- The University of Iowa Libraries, Open Access Models.
Open Access - Why Open Access?
Delayed Open Access
Elsevier hosts a small number of delayed open access journals.  Currently all open their content to non-subscribers 12 months after initial publication.

Highwire Press, operated by Stanford University, publishes a large number of journals for scholarly societies.  The page above lists the journals with free content, and specifies the period for each journal after which back issues become open access.
OA More Medicine and Health
  • BioMed Central – contains biomedicine journals. There are broad interest titles and specialist journals in biology and medicine.
  • Free Medical Journals – provides scholarly full-text journals focusing on nursing, allied health fields, and many medical disciplines.
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS) – an online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts covering all areas of medicine and indexed with NLM's controlled vocabulary, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®). Full text must be ordered from another library using the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form. The monthly PLoS Biology, was first issued online in October 2003 by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians. 
  • Wiley Open Access Journals – browse journals by Discipline – Health Sciences has full-text articles. 
  • World Bank Data – includes World Development Indicators (WDI); Global Development Finance (GDF); Africa Development Indicators (ADI); and Global Economic Monitor (GEM).
OA More Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • arXiv.org – Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, and Quantitative Finance and Statistics subject search and browse drop down menu available.
  • ChemistryCentral – covers organic chemistry extensively. Other free titles listed by Springer.
  • E-Print Network–Energy, Science, Technology for the Research Community – Resources from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science
  • Hindawi Publishing Open –Access Journals – covers all areas of Science, Technology, Medicine and some Social Sciences.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Open-Access – groundbreaking research and applications-oriented articles; contains hybrid journals, fully-open topical journals and multidisciplinary Mega Journal.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Open-access Journal – fields include Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical engineering, Energy engineering, Civil engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnology, Computing and Software, Biomedical engineering and Materials engineering. 
  • Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE) – service covers free, full text, quality controlled journals. We aim to cover journals in all subjects that are published in English language. There are now 4,775 journals in the directory. All are searchable at article level.
Selected Websites and Search Engines