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Scholarly Publishing & Communication : Open Access Publishing & Resources

Guide to resources on scholarly publishing and communications. Includes information on copyright, open access, data archiving, government mandates for data sharing, and measuring citation rates.

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing business model that allows the immediate and free access to content for any reader in the world with an Internet connection. The Budapest Treaty launched Open Access with start up funding as a response to the escalating costs of commercial, subscription-based way of publishing scholarly research. The annual inflationary costs of subscriptions to schoalrly research, especially journals in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) fields have been making it difficult to impossible for colleges and universities to maintain or increase access to their collections under tight library budget conditions. The model has been adapting for at least the past decade to help make scholarly publishing more sustainable.

Open Access is:

  • Free and immediate access to the reader 
  • NOT free to produce
  • Funded through a variety of models: author-page charges, institutional memberships, or private grants
  • More (or entirely) free of copyright restrictions than traditionally published works
  • Includes many peer-reviewed, high ranking journals such as the Public Library of Science (Plos) journals
  • Becoming increasingly mandated by government funding agencies, such as the National Instituites of Health Public Access Mandate