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Open Access: Open Access Initiatives Support

Support for Open Access Initiatives

Yale University Library supports the following Open Access initiatives through membership fees:

Through funding from YUL, Yale is an institutional supporting member of this repository, which offers open access to e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
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Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL contains material that has been scanned from collections at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Yale Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library.
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BioLine International
A not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed research journals published in developing countries (currently Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela).
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A nonprofit organization that collects, interprets, and shares data about the Greater New Haven area and Connecticut. The organization works with local and national partners to develop reports, tools, and technical assistance programs to make this data more useful for local communities.
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Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
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Knowledge Unlatched
The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF. YUL has pledged support to Knowledge Unlatched Round 2, KU Select 2016, and KU Select 2017.
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medRxiv, founded by Yale University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and BMJ is a free online archive and distribution server for complete but unpublished manuscripts (preprints) in the medical, clinical, and related health sciences. medRxiv aims to improve the openness and accessibility of scientific findings, enhance collaboration among researchers, document provenance of ideas, and inform ongoing and planned research through more timely reporting of completed research.   More information
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). It supports open access to scholarship.
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Open Book Publishers
OBP includes academic books in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and law, with open access editions that can be downloaded, reused, or embedded anywhere. OBP is creating interactive books and works that incorporate moving images, links, and sound. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources, including extra chapters, reviews, links, and image galleries.
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OpenEdition is a French program for the development of open access academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Its open access content – journals, books, research blogs and academic announcements – is available to all users in HTML format. YUL supports OpenEdition Freemium for Journals, which allows users at Yale University to download PDF and ePub formats of the Freemium journal content.
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Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
Open Library of Humanities supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. The OLH is funded by library partners, including YUL, and has no author-facing charges.
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PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. It hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy.
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Reveal Digital
Reveal Digital uses a library crowd-funding model to fund the development of digital collections. YUL has contributed to specific collections and to Reveal Digital's investment fund.
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South Asia Open Archives
A collective of nearly 25 libraries from the US and across the Subcontinent is dedicated to creating a freely accessible, curated collection of historical research materials on South Asia.
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SCOAP3 - Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
SCOAP3 is a partnership of thousands of libraries, funding agencies, and research centers in more than 40 countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of high-energy physics to open access at no cost for authors.
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SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an advocacy organization, an international alliance of nearly 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.
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The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes and provides unrestricted access to U.S. government agency technical reports.  TRAIL currently consists of over four dozen member institutions whose annual membership fees and volunteered staff time further the efforts of the project.
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For more information, contact:

Daniel Dollar

Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources
Yale University Library

(203) 432-9534

For medical OA resources, contact:

Lindsay Barnett

Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

(203) 785-2883

For science and social science OA resources, contact:

Kevin Merriman

Director of Collection Management, Technical Services, and Access Services Marx Science and Social Science Library
Yale University Library

(203) 436-9852