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Open Access

What is Open Access? Why Open Access?

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Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Suber, P. (2012). Open access. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.(this book is open access and available in a variety of ebook formats)

Know your rights as an author in regards to open access.

Two Major Problems Open Access Seeks to Solve

Open Access seeks to solve two major problems in the contemporary scholarly communication model:

  1. The journal affordability problem: spiraling prices and the sheer number of journals means that insitutions can afford to subscribe to fewer journals.  This problem leads to:
  2. The research/access problem: since institutions cannot afford access to all available knowledge, the impact of journals is diminished as users without access cannot build on existing research.

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