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Scholarly Communication: Open Access

This guide describes services of Milner Library's scholarly communication program, and provides links to resources related to academic publishing, copyright, and open educational content.

What is Open Access?

Open access information is freely available online and can be used without concern of licensing restrictions. For more information, read Peter Suber's A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access.

Open Access Repositories

Why Should I Make My Work Open Access?

  • Your work is available on the open web and not behind a database paywall, so more people can read it and potentially more people will cite it
  • Greater potential to find research collaborators
  • Your funding agency may require you to make your work available open access
  • Enhance public access to research

Open Access Publishing

There are three types of open-accessing publishing: green, gold, and hybrid.

Green open access works are versions of previously published works that have been self-archived in an open-access repository, such as ISU ReD or arXiv.org. Depending on rights retained by the author and the publisher's policies, work versions could be pre-prints (prior to peer review), post-prints (after peer review but before publisher layout and typesetting), or the publisher PDF/version of record (final version that appears in publication). Check the publisher's policies for each work before self-archiving, or ask a librarian for help.

Gold open access works, such as journal articles, books, and book chapters, are originally published open access. Sometimes gold OA publishing requires the author of work or a funder to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Hybrid open access works are single articles that are published in a subscription journal but are made open access through a fee. The author or a funder pays the Article Processing Charge (APC). You may be able to pay an APC through grant funding, or contact your department to see if funds are available.

Open Access Explained!

How Do I Make My Work Open Access?

Open Access Resources