Open Access Week is October 24-30, 2011. This page offers some resources on what open access is, and how to find and publish open access materials. If you have questions, or would like more information Contact a librarian
What is Open Access?
The Public Library of Science defines open access as meeting both of these conditions:
- The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free,
irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to
copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to
make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any
responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
- A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials,
including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable
standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial
publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an
academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other
well-established organization that seeks to enable open access,
unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving
(for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is such a repository).
"Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the
results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those
results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and
scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread
implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society
as a whole. " -Jennifer McLennan on Open Access
Check out these videos by Open Access Week
See how open access can benefit research at a university. (This works for students and faculty research)
Prof. Denis Cropet explains why open access is important to him and his research.