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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. 

Open Access works fall under two main publishing categories:

Open Access Repositories (known as "Green" OA): Free online access to materials provided by the author (self archived, or published in an institutional repository). Peer reviewed, scholarly works published in conventional journals may also be published in an institutional repository or on a personal website to increase access.

Open Access Journals (known as "Gold" OA): Journals that automatically and immediately make their articles available online to all at no cost. (There are a variety of business models,but the articles are always free to read.) Open access journals can be searchable within a digital publisher’s collection. For example, EBSCO allows the user to limit searching to open access journals.

Why Support Open Access?

Open Access benefits the larger community of scholars, researchers, and community members because knowledge is not stuck in expensive, subscription-only databases. OA publishing, however, is not just altruistic- it benefits authors. If an article is open access, it’s more likely to be read and more likely to be cited.  

Want to Publish in an Open Access Journal?

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Want to Publish in the Maritime Institutional Repository?

Create a portfolio of your work and add to our dynamic repository of scholarship! Check out the Institutional Repository page or contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Annie Tummino.

Information on this page compiled in part from Peter Suber's Open Access (MIT Press) and "Open Access to Scholarly Articles: The Very Basics" by Jill Cirasella 

Open Access by Peter Suber


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