Tools and Resources – Open Access

A selection of resources about Open Access and finding/using OA publications. 

These tools are for individual use – always read the terms and conditions before registering.

  • General Information

  • Publishing Open Access

    Where/Who to publish with (For more detailed advice see our Getting Published Libguide )

    • Think Check Submit – A site that assists researchers in identifying trusted journals for their research.
    • Open journal matcher – A tool that matches a draft abstract with the best-matching open access journals.
    • How to make your work open access by Peter Suber
    • Sherpa Services – A suite of different tools:
      • Sherpa RoMEO – Check Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving for open access.
      • Sherpa JULIET – See funders’ conditions for open access publication.
      • Sherpa FACT –  To allow researchers to check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder’s requirements for open access to research.
      • OpenDOAR – A directory of academic open access repositories.

    Identifying and locating the correct version of your work to deposit

    • Open Access button guides:
    • Versions Toolkit – LSE guide to terminology, repositories & archiving; author agreements with publishers.
  • Finding Open Access material

    For more resources see Cambridge University’s search guide Places to find open access content.

    Journals and Books

    Browser extensions

    Downloadable ‘apps’ for your internet browsers. Automatically search for open access options each time you come across a paywalled article or book.

    • Open Access Button – Automatically detects paywalled articles and presents an open access alternative (for example a version in an institutional repository).
    • Unpaywall – An extension which searches Unpaywall’s database of millions of free scholarly articles each time you encounter a paywall.
    • CORE Discovery – An in-browser extension from CORE (see above) – also recommends OA articles on a similar subject if the article is paywalled.
    • Kopernio – Provides a ‘get PDF’ button on your browser and will also access content which the library has paid for – Search the institution list for University of Oxford.
    • GetPDF – Coming soon from Open Access Button.