Open access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to all, with no access fees.
Reputable Open Access publishers clearly advertise their quality-control systems for publications, which are easy to check precisely because they are OA. Well-established publishers who produce OA work ensure that quality control is adhered to when they publish books or articles on an Open Access basis.
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.
These books have been reviewed by academics from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organisation.
Readers of Open Access publications are allowed to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works (in accordance with the
Creative Commons licence selected). It's good practice to check the copyright status of each item that has been published via open access.Remember to ACKNOWLEDGE your sources using correct referencing.
Find out about the University of Westminster's Open Access policy.
Add the Unpaywall app to Chrome. Search for content that you can use legally. Sources include repositories run by universities, governments, and scholarly societies, as well as open content hosted by publishers.
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more.
Adding the extension:
After you have completed this step if ever you are browsing a publisher website or wikipedia, if a mentioned article is available through University of Westminster, a button will pop up for the article, or next to the reference entry in wikipedia to indicate availability.
Automatically search the Library's subscriptions, pre-print servers, institutional repositories and private blogs for free PDFs.
Works with Web of Science, Pubmed, Google Scholar and 1000s of other academic platfroms including ScienceDirect and JSTOR.
Go to the EndNote Click website for more information and instructions on how to install the plug-in on your browser.