Useful links

A collection of open access resources

The open access movement continues to evolve at a rapid pace. For this reason, the EIFL Open Access programme (EIFL-OA) maintains a collection of external open access resource links to help librarians, researchers, students and policy makers in implementing OA in practice.

Please note, this list is constantly evolving and being updated, so if you have any open access resource suggestions, please contact Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma at


  • Overview of Open Access written by Peter Suber
  • ( Open Access: A Briefing Paper written by Alma Swan for OASIS [PDF]
  • ( Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access by Alma Swan published by UNESCO
  • ( Open Access Directory (a compendium of simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship).
  • ( Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook by Alma Swan and Leslie Chan
  • LibGuide on Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication







  • ( PASTEUR4OA Briefing Paper “Research Impact Measurement in Higher Education: Working Together to Promote Open Access Policy Alignment in Europe” by Marieke Guy
  • The effect of open access and downloads ('hits') on citation impact: a bibliography of studies
  • ( Swan, A. (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date. Technical Report , School of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton
  • ( Open Access impact: a Briefing Paper for researchers, universities and funders [PDF] written by Alma Swan for OASIS
  • ( New metrics for research outputs: an overview. [PDF] written by Alma Swan
  • San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA): Putting science into the assessment of research
  • Article-Level Metrics: A SPARC Primer
  • ( Illustrating Impact: Applying Altmetrics to Southern African Research (Neylon et al.)
  • ( Beyond Citation: An Introduction to Altmetrics (Neylon et al.)
  • ( Rethinking Impact: Applying Altmetrics to Southern African Research
  • ( Article-Level Metrics (ALMs)
  • Altmetrics
  • altmetrics: a manifesto
  • ( NISO Altmetrics Standards Project White Paper (Draft 4, June 6, 2014)
  • ImpactStory


  • ( Swan, A (2010) Modelling Scholarly Communication Options: Costs and benefits for universities. Project Report.
  • ( Costs and Benefits of Open Access: A Guide for Managers in Southern African Higher Education (Swan et al.)



(Based on a list, compiled by Najla Rettberg, OpenAIRE Scientific Manager)  


Très brève introduction à l'accès ouvert, par Peter Suber (traduction par Marie Lebert, septembre 2012)



  • Cape Town Open Education Declaration follows the model of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and was produced following a meeting convened by the Open Society Institute and the Shuttleworth Foundation in Cape Town in September 2007. The Cape Town Declaration offers strategies for the development of open educational resources.
  • A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) by Asha Kanwar (COL) (Editor), Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO) (Editor), Neil Butcher (Author); Publishers: COL, UNESCO (July 2011)
  • Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education; Publishers: COL, UNESCO (November 2011)
  • Survey on Governments’ Open Educational Resources (OER) Policies by Sarah Hoosen (Neil Butcher & Associates) (Editor); Publishers: COL, UNESCO (June 2012)
  • Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources by Neil Butcher (Author), Sarah Hoosen (Author); Publishers: COL (September 2012)
  • Open Educational Resources Policy in Europe - a project of Creative Commons
  • Open Education Working Group
  • Open Education Coalition - Koalicja Otwartej Edukacji
  • Connexions - a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare  - MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.
  • Creative Commons  - provides the tools necessary to overcome these restrictions, opening up educational resources so that they are not only accessible, but adaptable, interoperable, and discoverable — helping to realize the full benefits of digitally enabled education. .
  • The Khan Academy offers instructional videos covering everything from basic algebra to advanced chemistry, biology, and even the current day banking crisis.
  • P2PU is a grassroots education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements — creating a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional higher education models. P2PU is also exploring alternative methods of assessment and certification through its badges pilot.
  • The African Virtual University (AVU) OER portal OER@AVU
  • ( The Global Text Project - The Global Text Project is engaging the collective intelligence of worldwide communities in the development of current, high-quality content.
  • Jorum - a free online service providing access to teaching and learning resources, for teaching and support staff in UK Further and Higher Education Institutions.
  • ( MERLOT - (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education.
  • NDLR (or National Digital Learning Resources) Ireland
  • ( Consortium
  • ( Consortium Europe
  • OER Africa: there are sections on: Understanding OER – Introducing OER, FAQs and links to some of the UNSECO/COL publications; Finding OER ( – tools for finding OER as well as links to the OERs collected by OER Africa (in the areas of Health, Agriculture, Teacher Education and Foundations Skills); OER in Action ( – showcasing African OER initiatives; OER Toolkits – OER licensing and policy implications, especially useful for higher education, toolkits on Licensing and Copyright; OER Readings ( a moderated collection of resources relevant to everyone interested in the development of open education resources in education in Africa; and more…
    OER Commons - (Open Educational Resources) Commons is the first comprehensive open learning network where teachers and professors (from pre-K to graduate school) can access their colleagues' course materials, share their own, and collaborate on affecting today's classrooms.
  • OER Handbook - The purpose of this handbook is to provide a guide for those who are just getting started in the creation of open educational resources (OER).
  • Open AGH - OER platform, Poland
  • OpenLearn – free and open educational resources. OpenLearn is an open content initiative by the Open University.
  • ( The UCT OpenContent directory - the web portal for accessing open teaching and learning content from the University of Cape Town.
  • University of the Western Cape OER Modules.
  •, built and maintained by the Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia.
  • LibGuide on Open Learning Resources