This week—Oct. 20-26—is Open Access Week. What does that mean exactly? Open access (OA) is the practice of providing free, unrestricted online access to scholarly content. OA content is free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Advantages include easier access, wider visibility, greater impact of research, faster publishing, and easier sharing and collaborating.
There are two main routes that you can follow to make your content open access:
- Gold open access is achieved by publishing content in open access journals, like those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
- Green open access is achieved by depositing content in open access repositories. In other words, you publish your content in any journal and then self-archive a version for free public use in your institutional repository. (By the way, the BenU Library is developing an institutional repository. Keep an eye out for more information about it in the near future.)
Interested in learning more about the Open Access (OA) movement? Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Creative Commons
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Public Library of Science (PLOS)