Open Access

What is Open Access (OA)?
Open access (OA) means that research publications/research results are made freely available in digital form so anyone can access, read and benefit from the publication free of charge.
Benefits of Open Access:
  • Free Access
  • More usage / Reaching more people
  • More efficient research results
  • Get more citations
  • Reliable and true metadata
  • Long-term protection
  • To access from different search engines
  • Strengthening Scientific communication
  • Prevention of journal prices increase
  • To make usable and shareable scientific knowledge from every language
  • Enhances interdisciplinary research
  • Accelerates the pace of research, discovery and innovation
  • Democratizes access across all institutions – regardless of size or budget
  • Increases competitiveness of academic institution
  • Embargo: a publisher's restrictions on how soon an article can be published in an open archive.
  • Gold open access:  a scientific article is published in an OA-journal with a publication fee.
  • Gratis open access: publishing without charge.
  • Green open access: parallel publishing of an article in a freely accessible university institutional repository.
  • Hybrid open access: the author has the option to pay for making individual articles in subscription-based journals freely accessible.
  • Libre open access: in addition to free access user rights, additional rights are given using Creative Commons licenses.
  • Post-print: refereed version of an article, including changes.
  • Pre-print: version of an article that has not yet been refereed.


Please see SU Open Science Policy.

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# Title
1 Almelek Kitap İndeksi
2 Alternatives to Grammarly
3 Aperta: Türkiye Açık Arşivi
4 Arkas Art Center: Virtual Museum
5 Art UK
6 arXiv e-Print Archive
7 Biography
8 Bookboon
10 Coronavirus (Covid-19) (The New England Journal of Medicine)
11 Coronavirus Coverage (LexisNexis)
12 Coronavirus Free Access Collection (Cambridge Core)
13 Coronavirus Research Database (ProQuest)
14 COVID-19 Information Portal (Ebsco)
15 COVID-19 Resource Centre (The Lancet)
16 DergiPark
17 digitalSSM
18 Dijital Verimlilik Kütüphanesi
19 DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
20 DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
21 DPLA Resources
22 Early English Books Online
23 EBSCO Open Dissertations
24 Educational Documentaries / Netflix
25 Elektronik Veri Dağıtım Sistemi (Türkiye Cumhuriyet Merkez Bankası)
26 Elgaronline
27 EThOS: British Library e-theses online service
28 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
29 Finans Sözlüğü (Piyasa Rehberi)
30 Frontiers
31 Gazeteden Tarihe Bakış Projesi (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
32 Google Arts and Culture
33 Gutenberg E-Books
34 Harman: Türkiye Akademik Arşivi
35 İBB Açık Veri Portalı
36 ICE Publishing Awards
37 IET open access journals
38 İKSAD Yayınevi
39 IMF eLibrary
40 Internet Archive
41 Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
42 İSAM Kütüphanesi
43 İslam Ansiklopedisi
44 İstanbul Modern: Sanal Tur
45 Learning at Home Parent and Teacher Center (
46 LibriVox
47 Louvre Museum [Virtual Tour]
48 Mark Plus Courses & MOOCs
49 Mehmet Akif Ersoy Bibliyografyası
50 Mendeley
51 Metropolitan Museum of Art
52 MIT Press Open
53 Museum of the World (British Museum)
54 National Academies
55 Open Book Publishers
56 Open Culture
57 Open Library
58 Open Research Library
59 OpenDissertations (EBSCOhost)
60 Paperity
61 Publicly Available Content Database (ProQuest)
62 PubSpace | NASA
63 Religious Minorities Online (De Gruyter)
64 Sarkaç
65 School of Visual Arts NYC
66 ScienceDirect Open Access Journals and Books
68 Semantic Scholar
69 Sigmund Freud Papers
70 Smithsonian Open Access
71 The Social Distancing Festival
72 Springer Open Journals
73 T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı e-Kitap
74 Taylor & Francis Online: Open Access Journals
75 TRT Arşiv
76 TRT Dinle: Sesli Kitap
77 TÜİK (Türkiye İstatistik Kurumu)
78 Türkiye Makaleler Bibliyografyası
79 ULAKBİM Turkish National Databases (TR Dizin)
80 University of Michigan Press: Open Access Ebooks
81 The Wiley Network
82 Wiley Open Access Journals
83 WorldScientificOpen
84 YÖK Tez Merkezi

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The Open Data Handbook's definition describes the open data in the following statement:

"Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike."

Data Types & File Formats:

  • PDF
  • HTML
  • Plain text
  • ZIP
  • MS Powerpoint
  • MS Word   
  • Moving images: MPEG, AVI, Quicktime   
  • Still images: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP


To add your research data, you can use this link and you can access your open data here Manage Deposits.


Please see SU Open Science Policy.

The OpenAIRE's describes the FAIR Principles below:

The FAIR principles describe how research outputs should be organised so they can be more easily accessed, understood, exchanged and reused. Major funding bodies, including the European Commission, promote FAIR data to maximise the integrity and impact of their research investment.

The Four Basics of FAIR:
  • 'Findable' i.e. discoverable with metadata, identifiable and locatable by means of a standard identification mechanism
  • 'Accessible' i.e. always available and obtainable; even if the data is restricted, the metadata is open
  • 'Interoperable' i.e. both syntactically parseable and semantically understandable, allowing data exchange and reuse between researchers, institutions, organisations or countries; and
  • 'Reusable' i.e. sufficiently described and shared with the least restrictive licences, allowing the widest reuse possible and the least cumbersome integration with other data sources.

Please see "FAIR Data Managementin in Horizon 2020"

"DMPonline" helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. 

Please see "Checklist for a Data Management Plan"

Why develop a data plan?

  • There are many benefits to managing and sharing your data:
  • You can find and understand your data when you need to use it
  • There is continuity if project staff leave or new researchers join
  • You can avoid unnecessary duplication e.g. re-collecting or re-working data
  • The data underlying publications are maintained, allowing for validation of results
  • Data sharing leads to more collaboration and advances research
  • Your research is more visible and has greater impact
  • Other researchers can cite your data so you gain credit


All above information is provided by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC).

Open Science provides benefits in many areas such as free and transparent sharing of research results and data using research and information technologies with the research community and public, especially increasing the visibility, traceability, efficiency and dissemination of research conducted via public resources and enhancing the productivity of scientific research system, reducing the number of duplicate research and strengthening the international bonds.


Please see SU Open Science Policy.

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

The Plan S Principles:

“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.”

*For funders agreeing after January 2020 to implement Plan S in their policies, the start date will be one year from that agreement

In addition:

  1. Authors or their institutions retain copyright to their publications. All publications must be published under an open license, preferably the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), in order to fulfil the requirements defined by the Berlin Declaration;
  2. The Funders will develop robust criteria and requirements for the services that high-quality Open Access journals, Open Access platforms, and Open Access repositories must provide;
  3. In cases where high-quality Open Access journals or platforms do not yet exist, the Funders will, in a coordinated way, provide incentives to establish and support them when appropriate; support will also be provided for Open Access infrastructures where necessary;
  4. Where applicable, Open Access publication fees are covered by the Funders or research institutions, not by individual researchers; it is acknowledged that all researchers should be able to publish their work Open Access;
  5. The Funders support the diversity of business models for Open Access journals and platforms. When Open Access publication fees are applied, they must be commensurate with the publication services delivered and the structure of such fees must be transparent to inform the market and funders potential standardisation and capping of payments of fees;
  6. The Funders encourage governments, universities, research organisations, libraries, academies, and learned societies to align their strategies, policies, and practices, notably to ensure transparency.
  7. The above principles shall apply to all types of scholarly publications, but it is understood that the timeline to achieve Open Access for monographs and book chapters will be longer and requires a separate and due process;
  8. The Funders do not support the ‘hybrid’ model of publishing. However, as a transitional pathway towards full Open Access within a clearly defined timeframe, and only as part of transformative arrangements, Funders may contribute to financially supporting such arrangements;
  9. The Funders will monitor compliance and sanction non-compliant beneficiaries/grantees;
  10. The Funders commit that when assessing research outputs during funding decisions they will value the intrinsic merit of the work and not consider the publication channel, its impact factor (or other journal metrics), or the publisher.


For more information

The European Open Science Cloud promoted by the European Commission to provide all researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with seamless access to an open-by-default, efficient and cross-disciplinary environment for storing, accessing, reusing data, tools, publications and any EOSC Resource for research, innovation and educational purposes.


For further information please click here EOSC Portal


"SU Research Database" is the Institutional Repository of Sabancı University. It was officially established and starts using E-prints software in 2007. After the implementation process, all data stored in archive was opened to entire world in January 2008. Since then the repository is running of successfully and evolving according to the needs of the users. The main aim of the repository is to organize and disseminates the scholarly output of Sabancı University’s members.


To login Sabanci University Research Database ,you can use this link. and you can access your deposits here Manage Deposits.


You can add the following item types to SU Research Database.

  • Article
  • Book
  • Book Review
  • Book Section / Chapter
  • Papers in Conference Proceedings
  • Dataset
  • Monograph
  • Volumes Edited / Special Issues
  • Working Paper / Technical Report

Our contact info for your questions or suggestions regarding SU Research Database:

Burcu Ersoy

0216 483 92 06


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a system that provides a unique digital identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and a record that supports automatic links among all your professional activities. By getting an ORCID, you can mainly ensure that your publications and other research activities are correctly linked to you, improve the discoverability of your research and save time you spent on multiple data entry by pulling information from other sources.

Get an ORCID iD!

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and connect it to Sabancı University.

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If you have questions about getting an ORCID, how it will be used by the Sabancı University, or any other related questions, please contact us at :

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Find out about the advantages of having an ORCID.

Why should you register?

Below you can find quickly answers to frequently asked questions.



What is bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics is statistical analysis of publications. Bibliometric analyses are quantitative studies of publications.

You can use bibliometrics to:

  • find new research areas
  • provide evidence of the impact of your research outputs (for jobs, promotion or research funding)
  • identify the scientific journals to be published
  • identify potential research collaborators

Types of bibliometric measures:

  • Citations
  • H-index
  • Journal metrics such as SNIP and SJR
  • Google Scholar Metrics

Find bibliometric data:

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar
  • SciVal
  • Incites
  • Journal Citation Reports

What are altmetrics?

Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. (


Predatory Journals benefit from the authors by asking them to publish them for a fee, without providing refereeing or editing services. Because predatory publishers do not follow the appropriate academic standards for publishing, they often offer a quick turnaround in the publication of an article.

To find an open-access journal to publish articles:

To find a list of potential predatory publishers:

To determine the credibility of a journal or to identify trusted journals:

Predatory Conferences are organized as legitimate scientific conferences but they do not provide proper editorial control on presentations. These conferences may be poorly organized and typically do not offer peer review, or they may not actually take place at all.

Recent data shows that predatory conferences now outnumber so-called legitimate conferences. Contrary to what most academics believe, not all predatory conferences are small, poorly-organized, and organized by fly-by-night organizations. In order to ensure that they make profits, a decent organization is usually set-up. One telltale sign of a predatory conference is that low-quality research is often presented alongside research by famous academics. However, there are various other signs as well.

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Sabancı University Information Center aims to protect the copyright integrity of any and all kinds of printed, digital and/or audiovisual material from infringement. According to the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Property Rights, without the permission of the copyright holder, any Information Center material acquired in electronical and/or printed format cannot be


  • loaned to third parties for profit
  • used for a public presentation
  • copied or duplicated in the same or different format by the user(s).
  • Information Center is not liable for any kind of violation.


Our contact info for your questions or suggestions regarding copyright, fair use, plagiarism and academic integrity issues:

Mine Akkurt

0216 483 92 27


Sherpa / Romeo: SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.

ROMEO Colour Archiving Policy

green     can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF

blue       can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF

yellow   can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

white     archiving not formally supported


Creative Commons licenses provide an easy way to manage the copyright terms that attach automatically to all creative material under copyright. Our licenses allow that material to be shared and reused under terms that are flexible and legally sound. Creative Commons offers a core suite of six copyright licenses. Because there is no single “Creative Commons license,” it is important to identify which of the six licenses you are applying to your material, which of the six licenses has been applied to material that you intend to use, and in both cases the specific version.


CC Licenses and Examples

Attribution (CC BY)

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

Attribution ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

This license lets others reuse the work for any purpose, including commercially; however, it cannot be shared with others in adapted form, and credit must be provided to you.

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.



How to apply a Creative Commons licence: Creative Commons licences are free to apply to your work. To get a CC licence you can use Choose a licence tool.



Fair Use: A provision for fair use is found in the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Property Rights (Law No:5846). Under the fair use provision, a reproduction of someone else's copyright-protected work is likely to be considered fair if it is used for teaching, scholarship and research. If the reproduction is for one of these purposes, a determination as to whether the reproduction is fair use must be made based upon a factor "the amount and substantiality of the portion used". Fair use is an ambiguous concept and the law does not state exactly what uses of a copyrighted work will be considered fair uses under the law and also there is no regulation which can be applied. An assessment about fair use can be made regarding the applications in Turkey, EU and The USA. And to minimize the risk of copyright infringement Information Center interprets the following situations as fair use:

  • lecture notes, exam questions or materials prepared by instructors,
  • only one article from an issue of a journal,
  • one chapter or 10% from an information resource, (the format changing is not accepted)
  • link information of the electronic resource,
  • 10% percent of movies (discussion is continuing and there is no consensus)

Plagirism: According to Oxford English Dictionary plagiarism means "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." To avoid plagiarism, the work of another person must be cited whenever you use it.

Turnitin is used at Sabanci University to avoid plagiarism.(For more information about the Turnitin program, please contact the Information Technology department.)

Academic Integrity Statement: As mentioned in Academic Integrity Statement, during the process of academic labor, it is a sine qua non rule of academic ethics to accurately and clearly refer to each source of inspiration and information, wherever and whenever applicable. When students and educational staff are preparing materials, all types of information & information sources are used in accordance with intellectual property and commercial rights and the copyright holder is respected. Sources are not reproduced, copied, altered to another format or rented, nor are others allowed to carry out such acts.


We would like to inform you about the special agreements we made with these databases below. As a result of the agreements made with these databases, our faculty members will be able to publish their articles as open access (OA) without paying the article processing charge (APC) in their publications as responsible authors. The information of these databases and the details about the subject are given below:


American Chemical Society (ACS)

"Read and Publish" agreement has been made between ANKOS and ACS. Your publications as the corresponding author will be published in ACS journals as Open Access without any APC. The agreement covers all ACS journals, including ACS Omega, JACS Au, the ACS Au collection, and ACS hybrid journals.

Additions, corrections, book chapters and editorials are excluded from the scope of the agreement.

Click here to access the journals included in the agreement and to view the steps in the publication production process.

Within the scope of the agreement, quota were assigned to each institution.

You can send your questions about quota status and open access publishing processes to

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

"Read and Publish" agreement has been made between ANKOS and ACM Digital Library. According to the agreement, the publications you make as the responsible author will be published Open Access without paying APC.

You can find the list of journals suitable for Read and Publish here.

You can find details about the agreement here.

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Within the scope of the "Read and Publish" Agreement between ANKOS and CUP, no APC will be charged in case of open access publication in journals classified as Hybrid Open Access and Gold Open Access.

More than 450 peer-reviewed, scientific journals on Medicine, Engineering, Physics, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology and many other subjects are accessed in the CJO database. You can access related topics from this link.

Within the scope of the Read and Publish Agreement, authors of subscription institutions will be able to publish their articles in hybrid and gold open access Cambridge University Press journals as open access without paying APC. During the agreement, there will be no restrictions imposed by the publisher on publishing articles in hybrid and gold open access journals.

You can find details of the agreement and information about the Open Access publishing process here.

Click here to check your institution's eligibility to publish Open Access within the scope of the agreement with the OA Waiver & Discount checking tool and to list the journals within the scope of the agreement.


Sage continues to offer ANKOS members the opportunity to publish their articles in Open Access at a discount in 2024.

According to the agreement, Corresponding Authors affiliated with subscriber institutions, including our University, are given the right to publish their articles with open access in Sage Hybrid Journals for a discounted fee of 200 GBP.

You can find the Sage Choice (Sage Hybrid Journal Collection) list here. This comprehensive list displays the journals included in the agreement.

*It is important to note that the Article Processing Charges (APCs) listed indicate the hybrid open access publishing rates for corresponding authors who are not affiliated with ANKOS Members.

You can find details about the agreement here.

With the "Read and Publish" agreement made between TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM and Wiley, all universities in Turkey will be able to access approximately 1400 Wiley e-journals between 2023 and 2025. In addition, it will be possible to publish Open Access articles of the Research Article, Review Article, Data Article and Rapid Publicaitions types that have been accepted in Wiley Hybrid and Gold journals (except Hindawi) in Q1 and Q2 group journals, without paying any APC.

You can find details about the agreement on this page.

You can find the list of content suitable for Read and Publish here.

Oxford Journals Online
Within the scope of the agreement with ANKOS, Corresponding Author will be able to publish unlimited open access in the Hybrid journals within the Oxford Journals Online 2024 Journal Collection in the publication types "research article, review article, brief report, case report" without APC.

Also 15% APC discount will be applied to publications in Open Access journals.

You can access the details of the agreement here, and the author guide via this link.

You can find the list of journals included in the agreement here.

Institute of Physics (IOP)

ANKOS has a transformative agreement with the IOP to enable a transition to open access publishing.

You can access the details and scope of the agreement here.

You can access the journals included in the agreement via this link.

You can access the author guide here.


Springer Nature

A "Read & Publish" agreement was signed between TÜBİTAK-ULAKBİM and Springer Nature as of January 1, 2024, covering the period 2024-2026.

Article types eligible under this agreement are Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Continuing Education. The agreement covers only Springer hybrid journals in Q1 and Q2 of Web of Science.

You can find detailed information about the agreement and the list of journals included in the scope here.


In case of any questions or problems regarding the publication of the articles as open access, you can contact the Information Center at