"Open Access" refers to the practice of making scholarly research freely available and reusable on the web.
OA promotes broader access to research by:
OA can be applied to:
There are two ways to make your work available through open access (OA):
Even if you do not publish in an open-access publication (gold OA), you can still make your work available in open access through self-archiving (green OA). To find out more on where to find outlets for making your research open access, please visit the Publishing Open Access page.
Other common terms that may come up around publishing your work open access include:
Adapted from Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library's Open Access guide, by Molly Keener