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Open Access and Scholarly Journals

What is Open Access?

Peter Suber, scholar and advocate of open access (OA) defines OA as “digital online, free of charge," and often carries less copyright and licensing restrictions. Indeed, this literature to the reader is free of charge. To date for authors, there are two free methods of delivering OA, Green and Gold .  Institutions already having the staff and infrastructure produce digital copies and absorb the cost for the author and these articles are considered Green OA. In the case of Gold OA publishing costs may be covered by the author or the author’s employer paying a fee or an article processing charge (APC).  

If problems arise in accessing the libraries’ databases, full- text open access journals may be especially helpful. Below you will see listings of Medicine and Health and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) resources. JURN directory is a fully open access journal covering multidisciplinary journal databases for arts & humanities. "SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education." 


Two Types of Open Access
   
Green OA publishing refers to self-archiving of published or pre-published works for free public use. Examples of green OA include Scholars’ Mine and arxiv.org.
 
  Gold OA publishing refers to works published in an open access journal and accessed via the journal or publisher’s website. Some of these journals or websites are available through the OIT Library Catalog. Examples of Gold OA include PLOS (Public Library of Science) and BioMed Central

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