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It's Open Access Week -- Learn More About Open Access

by Kristen Smith on 2020-10-22T09:33:10-05:00 in Scholarly Communication | Comments

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What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to information that is free, unrestricted, and online.

  • It is a movement that wants to increase information access and innovation.
  • It usually refers to open access publishing, particularly of scholarly communication in academia.
  • It may be an answer to the serials / scholarly communication crisis, which refers to the system where information is locked up in subscription journals and databases whose prices keep rising (as library and college/university budgets stagnate or decrease) and colleges/universities and libraries are forced to pay for the creation of the research as well as to buy it back through subscriptions.
  • It is about the democratization of information and knowledge.
  • It is carried out largely through digital and institutional repositories, where research (including peer-reviewed journals) is posted online for anyone to access, which are indexed by Google and other search engines increasing visibility and impact of the research.

Learn more about Open Access at the Library's tutorial guide.

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