Access is “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”
- Peter Suber (2004)
There are 3 main types of OA:
Open Access is an academic philosophy, a manner of publishing, and a new element of academic publishing. Please review the items below and if you have questions, please contact us for more information. Please review this content, and the additional links on the left side of the page, for more information on using OA materials in your teaching, research, and publishing.
It is easy to add your work to Scholar Commons, an open access repository hosted by the USF Libraries. Just email your current CV or list of publications to email@example.com. A member of the library team will begin adding records to Scholar Commons and assist with updating your SelectedWorks page. Any open access articles will be added as full-text.
If you have any versions of your recent research you can send those too. Many publishers don't allow the final version to be added to a repository but they will allow the accepted manuscript (the version of your paper after peer review).
To add work to USF St. Petersburg campus Digital Archive, an open access institutional repository hosted by Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, contact your liaison librarian or the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Allison Symulevich at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can assist you with updating your SelectedWorks pages as well.
There are many different repositories available to help find open access materials. This means you can download articles regardless of library subscriptions. Additionally, there are browser plugins that can let you know if there is an open access version of an article available (Open Access Button and Unpaywall).
For more, please review the options on this guide.
Some open access journals require publication fees. Please contact the USF Faculty Senate Publications Council to apply for subvention assistance of journal publication charges.
Many funding agencies require that recipients of public funding for research purposes need to post their publications and findings on OA platforms to be publicly accessible. For example, in the US, NIH funding requires publication to PubMed no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. See NIH Public Access Policy implements Division F Section 217 of PL 111-8 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009). In Europe, Plan S requires immediate publication in OA journals or platforms. See https://www.coalition-s.org/.