“Open access makes it possible for the results of research to have the greatest possible impact. It is based on the idea that the products of research (i.e., full-text publications and research data) should be available to the user free of charge and without restrictions. This means that the results of research should be permanently accessible online, either through open access electronic journals, monographs or textbooks, or through institutional or personal repositories or archival systems.” (Source -SSHRC)
Western Libraries – Guidelines for Selecting Open Access Publishers
Directory of Open Access Journals: http://doaj.org/
Directory of Open Access Repositories: http://www.opendoar.org/
A listing of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving info can be found here: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/
Publishers allowing use of their PDFs in repositories can be found here: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/PDFandIR.php?la=en.