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Open Access: Open Access Vocabulary Guide

Resources and Information about the Open Access Movement

Open Access Vocabulary

A shared understanding of the key terminology used in Open Access across regions and languages is essential for awareness raising within the profession and communication with stakeholders. The purpose of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Open Access vocabulary is to collate the most widely used terms and definitions, with reference to official statements or other documents where these terms are defined. It is intended to be an easy-to-read reference guide. As new terminology and definitions are regularly created, it is intended to capture the most common terms used across the globe and is not exhaustive.

Compiled by the IFLA Open Access Working Party
Co-Leads: Fiona Bradley, Susan Reilly
Working group on Open Access Vocabulary
members: Dr Alwaleed K. Alkhaja, Lilly Hoi Sze Ho,
Juan Miguel Palma Peña, Mahmoud Khalifa, Matt
Feedback and suggestions for additional terms to
include in future versions of the vocabulary can be
sent to:

The Open Access Vocabulary guide may be accessed here -