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This guide provides an overview of the activities happening this year during Open Access Week, as well as resources that you can use to find out more about open access.
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is Open Access?

"Support Open Access" image"Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it." (

Open Access (OA) refers to the accessibility of research.  Often described as a new model of scholarly communication, OA is an alternative to the currently unsustainable practice of providing access to all research through subscriptions.  Those benefiting from OA include not just scholars, but anyone with an Internet connection and the need or want to access research.


Self-Archiving in the ScholarsArchive@OSU

Internationally and here in the US, a growing number of institutions are signing on to the concept of Open Access through OA Policies or Mandates which state that their researchers will make use of a local institutional repository to preserve their scholarly writings.  

At OSU, to date, the faculty within the OSU Libraries and the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences have OA policies.  But the effort really began with the decision campus wide in 2007 to deposit all graduate theses and dissertations.  The ScholarsArchive@OSU is the vehicle for making these policies a reality. Even without departmental policies in place, many faculty are supporting an informal OA policy by self-archiving articles in this repository. 

Within the ScholarsArchive@OSU every faculty member at Oregon State University will find a link to their department "community" and within that to a collection called "Faculty Research Publications" where they can deposit directly -- at which point anyone can view the article free.

What can be deposited depends on an understanding of your author rights.


Open Access at OSU

A five minute screencast of frequently asked questions about Open Access at OSU is now available on youtube: This screencast was developed at the request of the Faculty Senate President, Kate Hunter-Zaworski, and may be used by library faculty speaking to academic units about open access.


Open Access Resources



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