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Beyond Open Access (Inspirations and Resources)

These resources complement Sui Hong Yu’s article: Mine the Gap: Leveraging Open Access through Citizen Engagement in Science.

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database with a simple query on “science literacy”. ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information that is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education. It was recommended by a high school science teacher friend and has extensive filtering capacity by publication date, descriptor, source, author, publication type, education level and audience.

Also recommended by the same high school science teacher friend, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) database at Carleton College offers a search engine for projects with a particular emphasis on undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Public Library of Science (PLOS): A nonprofit open access scientific publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

The arXiv: An online open access repository of electronic preprints of scientific papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance.

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer-reviewed scientific video journal. It covers research methodologies in both life and physical sciences with nine different categories ranging from biology to applied physics.

The Science Museum is a major museum in London, UK, about science, history, material culture and communication. Its website has a section for Online Science and resources for educators.

The science courses offered at EdX. Founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012, EdX is a nonprofit, massive open online course (MOOC) provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience, some at no charge.

Maker Fair is an event created by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset”. Community-based, independently produced Maker Fairs are happening all around the world.

The Top 15 Most Popular Science Websites.

The Art of Science Journalism: The top ten science bloggers.

The Top 50 Science Stars of Twitter according to Science and the 25 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For Science Nerds according to BuzzFeed.

I fucking love science by Elise Andrew: A popular science page on Facebook with over 19 million likes, featuring the “lighter side of science—quotes, jokes, memes and anything your admin finds awesome and strange”.


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Budapest Open Access Initiative. (2002). Retrieved at on February 1, 2015.

Liu, Xiufeng. (2009). Beyond science literacy: Science and the public. International Journal of Environmental & Science Education, 4(3), pp. 301-311.

National Academy of Sciences. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington: National Academy Press. Retrieved at on February 1, 2015.

Willinsky, John. (2005, August 1). The unacknowledged convergence of open source,open access, and open science. First Monday 10(8). Retrieved from on February 1, 2015.

Zuccala, Alesia. (2010, March). Open access and civic scientific information literacy. Information Research 15(1). Retrieved from on February 1, 2015.

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