Open Access (OA)
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 the discrepancy between how information is used, its availability, and its means of being distributed.
This business model was increasingly scrutinized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much information needed to support new research to respond to the pandemic was initially 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..
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Open Access (OA) Essentials
Did you know that scholarly publishing is more profitable than tech and energy companies? Open Access emerged as a response to the increasing costs of scholarly journal and publications while library budgets remained flat or found decreases in their funding. OA aims to make scholarly work, that is funded by universities and grants, available to more people who could use it. It also purports to give more permissions by scholars and creators to reuse their research, studies, and creative works and keep more of their rights to their work.
SHB Online (2019). What is open access? [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne8kTJ0-fEM
Background & 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.
Find Open Access Works
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...The FAU Libraries provides access to more than 70 OA publications! When looking through our A - Z database list, select "All Database Types" to limit your search examples.
Also, many of our subscribed journals provide hybrid OA, meaning that some articles are openly are freely available. Watch for the OA logo (orange padlock) for those and other available publications!
Workshops & Presentations on OA