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Open Access

What is Open Access?

The  Bethesda Statement on Open Access and the  Berlin Declaration on Open Access in the Sciences and Humanities define Open Access  as : materials for which the copyright holder must consent in advance to let users "copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship....

Open Access 101 from SPARC

Open access to your scholarship and discovering others'

This guide is designed to help the DeSales University  community find and use information about openly accessible scholarly information.

Open Access Overview - Peter Suber's very succinct paper is a a great starting point for anyone who wants to participate in an informed debate on the challenges of open access in the world of scholarship

Open Access Answers

The Open Access Movement Grows Up: Taking Stock of a Revolution

Open Access: Six Myths to Put to Rest

Open Access Around the World

A Little History of Open Acces

Benefits of Open Access

Open Access, as defined in the Berlin Declaration, means unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed, scholarly research papers for reading and productive re-use, not impeded by any financial, organizational,  legal or technical barriers. Ideally, the only restriction on use is an obligation to attribute the work to the author.

Open Access improves the pace, efficiency and efficacy of research, and heightens the authors’ visibility, and thus the potential impact of their work. It removes structural and geographical barriers that hinder the free circulation of knowledge and therefore contributes to increased collaboration, ultimately strengthening scientific excellence and capacity building. 

Open Access enables re-use and computational analysis of published material, sparks innovation and facilitates interdisciplinary research, as well as scholarly exchange on a global scale.

Full access to research results strengthens the dissemination, testing and uptake of scientific breakthroughs, not only for the benefit of the research community but also for the economy and society as a whole. 

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