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Open Access

Open access is a means of taking advantage of the global reach and relative inexpense of internet publishing to make peer-reviewed scholarly content freely available.

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) literature is freely available online, and may also be free of copyright and licensing restrictions.  Articles free of permission barriers are typically accompanied by a Creative Commons License, which dictates the different alteration and reuse options.  The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities provides a more detailed definition of OA.

Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, provides an introduction to OA:

       brief introduction / detailed introduction     


International Open Access Week connects a global audience interested in promoting OA. 

See the Public Access Mandates tab to learn more about government mandates with OA requirements.

Benefits of Open Access

Click on the links below to access literature on the benefits of OA:

Benefits of Open Access for research dissemination

Open Access Impact Bibliography

In the short video below experts from around the world discuss the value and future of OA to science and the larger global community, 

Open Access Repositories

Repositories allow you to upload and share your work with others.  They may be institutional or discipline specific.

To get started, the Harvard Open Access Project provides a guide on How to Make Your Own Work Open Access.