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Research Services

Information for university researchers to support your work throughout the research lifecycle

What is Open Access?

Open Access is the free, online availability of scholarly content that is free from most copyright and licensing restrictions. To ensure the widest possible access to scholarly content, scholars can contribute to open access literature in several ways:

  • Open Access Publishing: Scholarly content made available online and free of charge to anyone upon publication.

  • Open Archives: Scholarly content in subscription publications made available free of charge after an initial embargo period.

  • Open Repositories: Digital collections of freely available scholarly content on a particular subject or the collected intellectual works of an institution or group of institutions.

  • Open Data: Data that is freely available for use, reuse, and redistribution.

Open Access Explained by PHD Comics

Resources for Learning More

  • SPARC Open Access: Links and resources include guides, presentation materials, and handbooks produced by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and other organizations.
  • Terminology of Open Access: A useful guide to open access terminology is available from University of Cambridge Libraries.
  • Why Open Research?: A website devoted to providing information and resources on open research and open access publication.
  • OA Mythbusters: A series of short videos addressing common myths about open access.