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Open Education Resources (OER): Open Access

Open Access

Open Access publications are free for anyone with a connection to the open internet to “read, download, copy, distribute, [and] print”. ​Authors retain “control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”​ -  From the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002)​

Why Open Access?

Publishing Open Access:

  • Increases Readership
  • Extends the Geographic Reach of Research
  • Engages a Broader Community
  • Accelerates the Pace of Research

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Basically, open access (OA) means access to scholarly works in the open - on the open Web.

  • OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees)
  • OA removes permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions)
  • OA journals, like traditional journals, use contracts with authors to secure the needed permissions and avoid infringement.  A common way for copyright holders to show their consent to OA is to use one of the Creative Commons licenses or one of the many other open licenses.

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Unless otherwise noted, this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0).