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URSP: Student Publishing Guide

Open Access

 Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both the users and the authors. 

While OA is a newer form of scholarly publishing, many OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards. For more information, see Peter Suber's overview of Open Access:


Open Acess Organizations

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Works to enable the open sharing of research ... in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education." Membership is composed of academic and research libraries across the U.S. and Canada, SPARC focuses on collaboration to build opportunities for change in the infrastructure and culture of scholarly publishing.

Right to Research Coalition



PLOS Journals  215,000+ peer-reviewed articles are free to access, reuse and redistribute

Learn More About Open Access