Great! But what exactly is Open Access?
Open Access is:
- Free, unrestricted access to research
- The insistence that authors retain copyright in their scholarly publications
- Democratizing information--making scholarly publications freely accessible to those who cannot afford pricey journal subscriptions, with the aim of further advancing knowledge
- The belief that research, especially research funded by taxpayer dollars should be made available to the public without charge
- Most of all, Open Access is a solution to the scholarly communication crisis. Journal prices have skyrocketed in recent years, some as high as five times the rate of inflation! As a result, many libraries cannot afford subscriptions to the journals you need to research effectively.
For more information, check out this brief SPARC video on the crisis in scholarly communications. Also, be sure to mark our schedule of International Open Access Week events taking place right here at USU in your calendar today.
Learn more about open access by visiting:
- The International Open Access Week Website has a wealth of information on the movement, schedules of OA week events across the globe, and valuable information for scholars
- Check out The Directory of Open Access Journals for a comprehensive listing of open access journals. By researching here, you'll never be stopped by those "subscription only" barriers.
- Fight for your right to research at Right to Research.org! Learn how to take action in support of open access, as a researcher, student, or librarian.
- SPARC is the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. This coalition of academic and research libraries works to correct the disparity in the scholarly publishing industry. Get involved today!