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Open Access (OA) Resources Research Guide

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. (Defined by SPARC*)

Open Access WEek, 2020: The difference it Makes | TexLibris

Why Open Access?

  • It provides more equitable access around the globe not just for the privileged who can afford the costs, but to everyone.
  • It challenges the practices of institutions buying back publications that their own authors have written.
  • It challenges the practice of limiting the use of research results supported by public funds.
  • It challenges the practice of publishers holding copyright to author's works such that authors must seek permission to reuse all or part of their own content.
  • It opposes inflated publisher pricing such that library budgets can no longer afford to subscribe to content that their own scholars produce.

Some barriers

  • Open access research outputs are not free to produce, publish, disseminate, or preserve since all have costs associated with them.
  • Nor does open access mean universal access, as there are language, technological and censorship barriers to overcome in many parts of the world.  

Short explainer videos

What is Open Access? (Video Explanation)

Open Access Poll

What myth have you believed about OA?
MYTH 1: Access is not a problem. Virtually all US researchers have the access they need; what they can't get on campus or from a colleague elsewhere, the library can get for them via interlibrary loan.: 0 votes (0%)
MYTH 2: Open access content is not peer reviewed.: 0 votes (0%)
MYTH 3: The cost of providing Open Access will reduce the availability of funding for research.: 0 votes (0%)
MYTH 4: A high quality journal such as Nature would need to charge authors $15,000-$50,000 in order to move to an Open Access model.: 1 votes (33.33%)
MYTH 5: Open access threatens academic society publisher revenues needed for other activities in addition to their publishing.: 0 votes (0%)
MYTH 6: Open access is creating lots of predatory publishers of questionable quality.: 2 votes (66.67%)
Total Votes: 3

Myths about Open Access (UMN Libraries)

Open Access at the Unviersity of Minnesota

University-wide policy on Open Access to Scholarly Articles that took effect in January of 2015.

FAQ Open Access to Scholarly Articles

University of Minnisota  Administrative Policy for Open Access to Scholarly Articles