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Open Access Publishing : What is Open Access?

This guide provides guidance in open access scholarly publishing for researchers in all disciplines.

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Defining 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: http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm.

 

Green vs. Gold

Green OA publishing refers to 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 or disciplinary archive such as eCommons@Cornell and arXiv.org.

Gold OA publishing refers to 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.

Gratis vs. Libre

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  • Gratis OA is information that is available free of charge, while some copyright and licensing restrictions may still apply.
  • Libre OA is information that is free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restriction.
  • While 'free' implies that the information does not cost anything to access, remember that OA publishing still often involves a cost to the author to publish the work.

 

 

Open Access Explained

Contact Information

Gail Steinhart
Contact:
Gail Steinhart
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services
Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-7251
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Sarah Young

Sarah Young
Contact:
Services and Collections Offices
Albert R. Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14850

Phone: 607.254.8085

Jeremy Cusker

Jeremy Cusker
Contact:
103B Carpenter Hall

Engineering Library

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 254-6261