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Scholarly Communication @ NCATSU

This guide provides an overview of scholarly communication and services provided by F.D. Bluford Library to support the creation, evaluation, dissemination, and preservation of the University's scholarly output.

Open Access Resources

OA Journals and Books

 

What is Open Access?

Peter Suber,  a leading voice in the open access movement, defines open access as literature that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. Open access primarily refers to scholarly journal articles and is entirely compatible with peer review. 

- - From A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Types of Open Access

Types of Open Access: 

Gold Open Access (Immediate Open Access) - The work is freely available from its initial publication, and a growing trend in scholarly communication.  

Green Open Access  (Delayed Open Access)  - The work is freely available after an embargo period (time when the work is only available to individuals and libraries that subscribe to the publication), usually a period of 6-months to 1-year.

Disciplinary Repositories - Open access archives containing works or data associated with the research of scholars in a particular subject area.

Institutional Repositories - Open access archives hosted by universities that store, index, preserve, and redistribute the intellectual output of a university’s research faculty.

The following table highlights the main advantages and disadvantages of the various publishing models.

Does the model provide

Traditional

Gold (paid)

Gold (free)

Delayed

Hybrid

Green

Immediate, free access for reader?

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Varies

Open access to published version?

No

Yes

Yes

Yes -
after embargo

Yes

Varies -
generally No

No cost publishing for the author?

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Compliance with funders mandates?

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 --Contributed by UNCG Libraries and Curtin Library

 

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