Open Access (OA) is defined as the free, immediate, and online availability of research publications (e.g., books, article) or other research outputs (e.g., data). Supporters of OA state the open and unhindered availability of information will promote further research, encourage new creations, and improve lives.
Why OA? According to open-access organization SPARC and its affiliates, the OA movement is a response to new ways information is used, its availability, and its means of being distributed.
This business model was increasingly scrutinized during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of the research needed to support new discoveries in response to the pandemic was subscription-based or behind paywalls until some publishers either temporarily lifted these, or made some research tied to COVID-19 openly available during the first year of the pandemic.
Waive Your Open Access Article Processing Charge. Transformative agreements waive or reduce an article processing charge (APC) to publish. These agreements between commercial, scholarly publishers and academic entities are increasing. An author who is affiliated with an institution or system with a transformative agreement can utilize these.
See "Waive or Reduce Your Fee" for those available for current FAU affiliates, including faculty, students, and staff. The guide provides additional suggestions to negotiate APCs.
Find open access publications through the following recommended sources.
The FAU Libraries' OneSearch help find publications that do not require a subscription or paywall to view. See below for more details.
Open Access in the FAU Libraries' OneSearch and Collections
FAU Libraries Open Access Repository and Publications
SHB Online (2019). What is open access? [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne8kTJ0-fEM
Background and Development of OA
Various governmental, scholarly, and professional organizations from around the world have published statements in support of OA. See the following for seminal statements.