What is Open Access?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2015     Views: 1045

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Researchers are encouraged and, increasingly, required by funding bodies to make any papers that they publish freely available via OA.

There are 2 routes to OA:

  • Depositing a version of a paper in an institutional repository (Green OA)

  • Paying a publisher an article processing charge to make a paper freely-available online (Gold OA)

The Library has a team dedicated to helping researchers navigate these routes to OA.

You can contact our OA team by emailing or check out our Open Access LibGuide.


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