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Scholarly Communications: Open Access

A guide to issues in scholarly communications, including publishing, open access, copyright, author rights, and digital archiving

What is Open Access?

Open Access is devoted to making scholarly information available online, free, and unrestricted. In addition to scholarly publications, the Open Access Movement also includes Open Science, Open Data, and Open Education - freeing the research process for even quicker dissemination of knowledge and more rapid discovery.

Open Access affects most of the cycle of Scholarly Communication, to name a few:

  • Allows greater access to resources supporting research, through open access publishing or open access repositories.
  • Allows for text or data mining, which has implications for some types of research.
  • Many funding agencies have policies requiring open access to articles resulting from their funding.

For a more comprehensive look at Open Access, the best place to begin is the book, Open Access, by Peter Suber, published by MIT Press and available in Boatwright Library (Call Number Z286.O63 S83 2012).

Why is Open Access Important?

Open Access - Recommended Websites

Open Data

Open Access Directories