Open Access

Open Access is free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, webwide.

There are two roads to OA:

(1) the "golden road" of OA journal-publishing , where journals provide OA to their articles (either by charging the author-institution for refereeing/publishing outgoing articles instead of charging the user-institution for accessing incoming articles, or by simply making their online edition free for all); 

(2) the "green road" of OA self-archiving, where authors provide OA to their own published articles, by making their own eprints free for all.

OA self-archiving is not self-publishing; nor is it about online publishing without quality control (peer review); nor is it intended for writings for which the author wishes to be paid, such as books or magazine/newspaper articles. OA self-archiving is for peer-reviewed research, written solely for research impact rather than royalty revenue [Source: Eprints].


OA Repositories in Czech Republic

World’s OA repositories

  • OpenAIRE – platform for open publishing documents and scientific data generated within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission and the HORIZON 2020

DOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories) 


Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving

  • SHERPA/RoMEO – service to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.


Research funders' open access policies

  • SHERPA/JULIET – To maximise the dissemination of the research they fund, the grant conditions of funding organisations increasingly require peer-reviewed research outputs to be made freely available to the public in full at the earliest possible date. These aims can be achieved either by publishing in an Open Access publication, or by archiving publications in an Open Access repository.

Other free and open i-resources

arXiv - Open access to more than 1,065,530 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

  • Caritas et Veritas - Journal for Christian reflections in the context of social sciences and humanities. Published by Faculty of Theology USB.



  • Google Books – records and full text of books  from around the world


  • Google Scholar – provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.



  • PLoS JOURNALS – PLOS publishes a suite of 7 influential Open Access journals across all areas of science and medicine


  • RePEc - (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 85 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences

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