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Open Access

Open Access Basics

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

Why Open Access?

  • Increase Your Readership - Open Access often means more citations for authors, making their work more widely read & used.
  • Regain Control of Your Work- Open Access enables authors to retain their rights as authors and use their publications more freely.
  • Support an Alternative Publishing Model - Traditional publishing is becoming increasingly cost unsustainable. OA offers a change to that model.
  • Provide Equitable Access - Open Access removes all price barriers for readers so anyone can view the full content of the work, regardless of socio-economic status or affiliation.

Publish & Share Your Work Open Access 

  • Publish in Open Access Journals - find publishers using the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Retain your author rights by adding an addendum to any future publishing agreements
  • Investigate Journal Policies in SHERPA/Romeo to see whether you can self-archive pre-prints/post-prints of your past published work

See More Information on the How to Publish Open Access Page

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