Answered By: Cailin Ashbaugh
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018     Views: 0

What is Open Access?

Open access is “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (https://sparcopen.org/open-access/). Articles that are published open access are free to read, free to reuse, with immediate availability, and there are no academic barriers to finding and citing these articles.

 

 

How to find an Open Access article:


Finding out if an article is open access can be as easy as searching that article in Google Scholar. The publisher Elsevier has been trying to do their part in supporting the open access movement and has begun publishing some journals open access on their ScienceDirect page. Some Open Access advocates have developed an extension for your internet browser which you can find: here, that will search the internet for Open Access options. As always you can also set up an appointment with one of our librarians to see what open access options there are for you.