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Open Access: What is Open Access?

Resources and Information about the Open Access Movement

Defining Open Access

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Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

                          by Peter Suber


Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of

most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the

internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce

than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether

scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better

ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers.

Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives

for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as

authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors

and referees participating in peer review.


For more information: see Peter Suber's overview of Open Access:


Want to learn even more?  Read the book Understanding Open Access by the Authors Alliance. The electronic version is open access and free to download.


Altmetrics and open access – a measure of public interest

Altmetrics and open access – a measure of public interest

There is an interesting relationship between altmetrics and open access. One could even refer to altmetrics as open metrics. This is firstly due to the fact that altmetrics data uses open sources.

Open access research outputs that are themselves promoted via social web applications enjoy higher visibility and accessibility than those published within the commercial scholarly communication model, increasing the prospect of public consumption and engagement.

Metrics -- an OA publisher's perspective - YouTube

Open Access Explained

What is Open Access?

Some answers to the most common misconceptions about sharing research data

If you are a fan of data sharing, open data, open science, and generally openness in research, you’ve heard them all: excuses for keeping data out of the public domain. If you are NOT a fan of openness, you should be. For both groups (the fans and the haters), I’ve decided to construct a “Frankenstein monster” blog post composed of other peoples’ suggestions for how to deal with the excuses.

How Open Access Empowered a 16-Year-Old to Make Cancer Breakthrough

Open Access Associations & Resources