Open Access Week

Open Access Week

What is Open Access?

  • Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
  • OA removes price barriers  and permission barriers
  • The Public Library of Science shorthand definition —"free availability and unrestricted use"— succinctly captures both elements.

What are the benefits to Open Access?

  • Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
  • Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
  • Improved education. Open access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world. (From the Public Library of Science)

CSUSM Library: Scholarly Publishing Crisis – A Resource List

Open Access 101 (Video 3:20)

OASIS: Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook