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Open Access

This guide explores the principles and practices of open access (OA), how to find OA materials, publish your own research as open access, and what to be aware of as you navigate OA.

Defining Open Access

Use this guide to learn about Open Access (OA) principles and practices, ways to find OA content, and how to publish your own scholarship as Open Access literature.

"By 'open access' to... literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them from indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

- Budapest Open Access Initiative 

PHD Comics: What is Open Access?

What is open access? In this eight minute video Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.

Available under a Creative Commons attribution license.

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