A selection of OA research tools
Law Review Commons
A freely available portal for open-access legal scholarship featuring many US law reviews. The site from bepress brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years from nearly 150 law reviews. http://lawreviewcommons.com
This freely available Directory of Open Access repositories allows you to search simultaneously scholarly repositories from across the UK and around the World (including SAS-Space). The JISC supported service is hosted and developed by the University of Nottingham.
SAS-Space: social networking features
You can self-register freely for a login account to SAS-Space. This will mean you can make full use of the social networking features, including the facility to record your own notes within the system as you find and read the materials.
SHERPA RoMEO and JULIET and FACT databases
These freely available databases help you check the policies of commercial publishers, individual journal titles and research funding bodies to self-archiving by authors in open access repositories. Deposit of preprints before and/or after peer-review is recognised as common practice.
Creative Commons licences
Open Access scholarly e-repositories like SAS-Space provide an important means of highlighting current legal research, sharing ideas and testing new thought and approaches.
Those who contribute items to SAS-SPACE retain author copyright in their work but are asked to grant two licences. One is a licence to the School of Advanced Study of the University of London, enabling us to reproduce the item in digital form, so that it can be made available for access in the repository.
The terms of the licence which contributors are asked to grant to the University for this purpose are as follows: 'I grant to the University of London the irrevocable, non-exclusive royalty-free right to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform this work in any format including electronic formats throughout the world for educational, research, and scientific non-profit uses during the full term of copyright including renewals and extensions.'
The other licence is for the benefit of those who wish to make use of items stored in the e-repository. For this purpose we would like to use a Creative Commons licence allowing others to download contributed works and share them with others as long as they mention the original author and link back to their entry in SAS-SPACE, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.