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What is Open Access?

Locked & Chained

Open access (OA) literature is:

  • digital,
  • online,
  • free of charge, and
  • free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

HowOpenIsIt? describes the open access spectrum.

There are two major approaches to OA:

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.

Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, software, online education, and other formats as well.

Source: Open Access Overview by Peter Suber

Image credit: .Bala on Flickr.  License:  CC BY-SA 2.0


Open Access Explained (8:24 video)

A collaboration between Right to Research Coalition and PhD Comics:


2013 International Open Access Week


Redefining Impact
World Bank, webcast

Demystifying Hackathons
Brian Glanz, vimeo

Article Level Metrics
Peter Binfield, webcast

OA Background


Contact Us

For information, comments or suggestions, please contact:

Amy Studer

Health & Life Sciences Librarian

Blaisdell Medical Library

(916) 734-0206


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