"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights" (OER Commons, CC BY-SA)
Open Educational Resources allows educators to:
Use this guide to navigate through available options.
Licensing and Attribution: Details Creative Commons licensing and attribution
Images: Links to image sites that fall within creative commons and public domain
Textbooks: Offers websites that link to open textbooks & guidance for digital textbook development
Locate: Discover where to find open educational resources
Justify: Learn more about the legal and ethical importance of the OER movement
Creation: Presents information about developing open textbooks and other OERs
Courseware: Provides links to sites that openly offer syllabi and course activities
Accessibility: Learn about universal design and the importance of ADA compliance
Open Research Data:
Open Access Journal Articles and Pre-preprints:
Project Gutenberg ebooks
Open Course Content and Textbooks:
Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools (European Commission, 2016b:33). The OECD defines Open Science as: “to make the primary outputs of publicly funded research results – publications and the research data – publicly accessible in digital format with no or minimal restriction” (OECD, 2015:7)
The Binghamton University Libraries strive to provide service, support, and access to tools and materials for successful scholarly activity at BU. Page charges for scholarly journal articles can be required for publication of materials for Open Access or similarly named publishing models.
The Libraries recommends that researchers and authors consider the following when preparing manuscripts:
Why are there page charges? Previous subscription-based journal cost models are being replaced with Open Access and other similarly named policies. These models may require authors to pay a fee to make the article available to all researchers, not just those with a library subscription.
How can I tell if a journal has page charges for publication? There are lists of these journals available online, the most comprehensive of which is the Directory of Open Access Journals.
What is an embargo period? The length of time an article will be available to those with a current subscription to the journal. Embargo periods vary from a few months to longer than one year. Once this time has passed the article is available to everyone.
What do I do if I’m a co-author and my collaborator can’t pay the publication charge? All authors can contribute to the publication charge. Consult with your co-authors and their institutions prior to submitting your manuscript.