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The University of Arizona

Open Access

A Guide for COM=P

Open Access Basics

What Is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing model that enables the free online availability of journal articles and scholarship, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these works, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful, noncommercial purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

Benefits of Open Access:

  • Greater exposure for your work, including in developing countries
  • Higher citation rates
  • Practitioners can apply your finders
  • Your research can more easily influence policy
  • The public can access your findings
  • Compliant with grant rules
  • Taxpayers get value for their money

Benefits of Open Access

Green v. Gold OA

Resources for Further Information

Books on Open Access