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Open Access

Overview of Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (SPARC). Open access can be attained via two primary paths: publishing in an open access journal (Gold) or retaining author’s copyright and posting a copy of the article to an institutional repository or subject repository (Green).

Benefits of open access include:

  • Greater visibility and retrievability of research
  • Increased impact of scholarship
  • Boosts the likelihood that results will be taken up, extended, applied, and cited
  • Increased readership outside the academy, including policy-makers, journalists, non-profits, the general public, etc.

Finding Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) contains information about 14,000+ gold OA journals.

SHERPA/RoMEO provides easy-to-read summaries of journals’ copyright and self-archiving policies.