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Open Access Resources: What Is Open Access?

Definition

“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.”

Peter Suber, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access
(http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm)

Types of Open Access

  • “Green” Open Access – author’s final version archived in repository, but article published in subscription journal
     
  • “Gold” Open Access – article made available immediately in open access journal. Gold Open Access may still involve subscriptions or author fees.