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Open Access and Scholarly Communication

Welcome to the Open Access Guide

The goal of the global Open Access movement is to use the Internet to provide free access to human knowledge and the digital tools used to advance it.

In this guide you will find information about the basics of Open Access and the many areas of the movement, such as Open Science and Open Data. This guide also contains information which can help you navigate the current scholarly communications landscape. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please email Prof. Chris Barnes, Digital Publishing Librarian.

Benefits of Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is scholarly research that can be accessed online and read for free. It has less restrictive copyright and licensing than traditionally published research so that it can be more freely shared.

In traditional publishing, journal publishers generate revenue by charging libraries and individuals subscription fees.  An article’s copyright is usually transferred to the publisher from the author, and the publisher controls all rights to the use of the article. The people who can read an article are those who can afford a subscription or have access to a library with a subscription.

OA publishing often involves a cost to the author to publish the work: some OA journals charge a fee, often called an article processing charge. However, the author then usually maintains their own copyright and the work can be redistributed, shared, and freely accessed in the manner of their choosing.

If you do want to publish in a journal that charges a fee, check the tab on this guide for Adelphi Assistance for information on how the Provost's office can help cover that charge.

Paths to Open Access

Hybrid OA publishing refers to a subscription journal which includes openly accessible articles alongside others still locked behind a paywall. In this model, the publisher offers authors the option of publishing their of individual articles or chapters OA for a fee known as an article processing charge or APC. An example of author's pages for hybrid open access is Online Open by Wiley.

Green OA publishing is the self-archiving of published or pre-publication works for free public use. Authors provide access to preprints or post-prints (with publisher permission) in an institutional depository, archive, or author website.

Gold OA publishing are works published in an open access journal and accessed via the journal or publisher's website. Examples of Gold OA include PLOS (Public Library of Science) and BioMed Central.

Diamond OA publishing does not involve a charge for the author or the reader. Human resources and operating costs are provided by nonprofit organizations, such universities and scholarly societies, which have become publishers as well as charitable organizations, like the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, which fund initiatives aimed at expanding free access to knowledge.

There is a full list visit Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access from SHERPA/RoMEO.