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Open Access

Open Access is an increasingly important method to disseminate scholarly research. This guide will look at some background information and what USF is doing to stay at the forefront of the movement.

What is Open Access?

To put it simply:

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. (Peter Suber, “Open Access Overview”)


Introductions to Open Access:



Further Reading

  • “Perceptions of open access publishing: interviews with journal authors” by Sara Schroter, Leanne Tite, and Richard Smith. BMJ 330, no. 7494 (2005): 756.
  • website from ARL (Association of Research Libraries) providing a great overview of Open Scholarship, including subsections on Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources.
  • website with aims to “chart innovation in scholarly information and communication flows from evolutionary and network perspectives.” Includes a graphic to show helpful tools for researchers in the world of scholarly communication, and write-ups of many OA resources and potential workflows.
  • blog about scholarly publishing, frequently featuring articles related to OA issues.