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Open Access Guide: Open Access

A guide to issues in open access, author rights, copyright, Creative Commons licenses, and scholarly communication.

What Is Open Access?

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   "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge,
    and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."

    Open Access Overview by Peter Suber

The open access movement promotes the practice that scholarly publications are made available online without prohibitively high access costs and stringent copyright and licensing restrictions.  It facilitates quicker and broader dissemination of knowledge by removing the price and permission barriers to research outcomes. 

Open access is compatible with features of traditional publishing such as peer review, journal prestige, and researchers' career advancement.  It also offers many advantages, including:

  • Quicker publishing time
  • Enhanced discoverability through search engines
  • Increased readership
  • Increased citations
  • Availability of download statistics

These two books provide excellent introduction to open access:

The SPARC Weekly

Open Access Tracking Project

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Open Access Journals

Open Access Books

Theses and Dissertations