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Open Access Week 2016, October 24-30

Open Access

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.


What is Open Access?

Open-access (OA) literature 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.


OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.


OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered. A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access, by Peter Suber


Statistics - How Many?

  • 81,780 articles in 2012 – were published in Open Access journals
  • 252,418 articles – were published in Open Access journals during 2000-2012
  • 9,747 Open Access journals – A comprehensive list of Open Access journals is profiled by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • 2,500 repositories – are available for authors to digitally deposit their work. A comprehensive list of these is available through the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)                          Information taken from the SPARC website


More Information (handouts):


More Information (local at UNI):

  • Faculty Senate at the University of Northern Iowa endorsement: Resolution encouraging contribution to the UNI institutional repository (UNI ScholarWorks) and to initiate conversations about the open-access movement. Approved at the April 28, 2014 meeting.
  • Iowa Board of Regents: "The Board strongly encourages faculty, students, and employees of Regent institutions to seek to retain intellectual property rights to the articles and reports that they publish in scholarly journals and equivalent types of publications...Doing so on a systematic basis will ensure the widest possible dissemination at the lowest cost. Each institution shall be responsible for providing information, advice, and assistance to faculty, students, and employees to achieve this aim." -- Approved at the May 15-16, 2002 meeting, located under "Copyright Procedures" section.
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