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Open Access: External Links

National Forum on Open Access


The National Open Research Forum (NORF) has been established to deliver an Irish agenda for open research. This Forum is co-chaired by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Health Research Board (HRB) with secretariat from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI). It has encompassed and broadened the membership of a previous National Open Access committee.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access

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At the October 2003 meeting of the Berlin Conference at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, the  Berlin Declaration on Open Access was announced. The statement recognises the huge changes and "challenges of the Internet as an emerging functional medium for distributing knowldge".

DCU Press

DCU Press, Ireland’s first OA University Press.

DIrectory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 22% of which comes from sponsors and 78% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.

DOAJ operates an education and outreach program across the globe, focussing on improving the quality of applications submitted.

Budapest Open Access Initiative


The Budapest Open Access Initiative: an international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet.

cOAlition S - Plan S

In 2018 a large group of major International funders along with the European Commission and the European Research Council founded 'cOAlition S' and in September of that year published 'Plan S'. Plan S consists of one aim and 10 principles, primarily...

“With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.” 

Open Access - The Book

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Open Access By Peter Suber