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A Guide To...Open Access: Getting Started

Why does Open Access Matter?

  • Makes scholarship available to everyone
  • Wider dissemination of information, knowledge, research, data
  • Removes price barriers and permission barriers


What Is Open Access?

Open Access:  a simple definition

  • Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

There are two main forms of Open Access publishing:

Green OA: self-archiving

  • Institutional Repository, Pub Med, etc.

Gold OA: publishing in an OA or hybrid journal

  • may involve an OA publishing fee

For assistance or more information

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Lisa Villa
Digital Scholarship Librarian
Dinand Library