What is Open Access?

Open access as a movement means different things to different people. At its core, it is an idea that knowledge should flow freely in society without impediment instead of being hoarded up by the wealthy few. While that may sound idealistic, open access has many realistic manifestations and practical benefits. This site will attempt to give a quick, accessible overview to the aspects of open access that are most interesting and important to affiliates of universities.

Click here for a concise definition of open access from the Public Library of Science.

Click here to read a quick history of the open access movement.

What’s wrong with the system now? Read about the status quo.

What are you worried about? Here is a Frequently Asked Questions page for all of your concerns and questions.

All of these subpages can also be found on th right, below the heading “What is Open Access?”.

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