1. Open access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent, full-text, online access, for any user, web-wide, to digital scientific and scholarly material, primarily research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. To get detailed information about OA and its impact, the OAKLaw project at the Queensland University of Technology has produced a 151-page document Understanding open access in the academic environment: a guide for authors (PDF document).
The comprehensive nature of this publication makes it a long (but informative!) read.
Remember that Imperial has its very own digital repository known as Spiral. Spiral contains full text peer-reviewed versions of journal articles and conference papers produced by academic staff of Imperial College London, as well as PhD theses by students of Imperial College London. Spiral is designed to make its content highly accessible by search engines, increasing the likelihood of the papers appearing at the top of results lists in Google and other services.
Spiral is fully integrated with Symplectic Publications and electronic copies of papers can be uploaded via Symplectic Publications. All publications in Spiral have a link in Professional Web Pages.
For more information, visit the Spiral website.
2. The JISC’s guide Copyright matters for UK researchers, teachers and learners (Word document) relates copyright issues to the activities researchers, teachers and learners undertake. As well as discussing how copyright affects how much of another piece of work you can legally copy, the document also discusses how copyright impacts on any material you yourself may write & publish as well as any research data you may collect.