Open Access

What is Open Access?

"Open access (OA) literature is a method of sharing scholarship that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes OA 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."

--From A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber.

At Emory, we have several initiates supporting open access to scholarship:

  • Open Access Journals - OA Journals are freely available on the internet, which frequently do not require the transfer of copyright to the journal by authors.  Emory supports several OA journals including Southern Spaces, Practical Matters, Journal of Family Life, Methodist Review, and Molecular Vision
  • ETDs - In 2007, Emory University tranisitioned to an Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) system that provides global access to the undergraduate honors theses, masters theses, and dissertations produced at the university. 
  • OA Policy - On March 15, 2011, Emory's Faculty Council passed an Open Access Policy calling for the creation of an open access repository and granting the university "a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles the author has chosen to distribute as Open Access, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit." The Libraries subsequently launched OpenEmory.  For more details on Emory's Open Access Policy, please visit our Open Access LibGuide
  • OpenEmory - OpenEmory, created in response to the OA Policy, is an open access repository of Emory faculty-authored journal articles. Like other OA repositories, OpenEmory accepts any of three versions of a published article: the versions of the article prior to peer review (pre-print), the author's manuscript following peer-review changes (post-print), or the final publisher version. OpenEmory is not to be confused with subject-specific repositories, like PubMed Central, which provide access to authors' work based on a specific discipline rather than home institution.  
  • OA Publishing Fund - On September 1, 2012, Emory University Libraries launched an Open Access Publishing Fund to provide funds for Emory authors to publish in eligible open access (OA) journals and books when no alternative funding is available. Faculty and currectly enrolled students  are all eligible to apply for funds as long as they meet the eligibility criteria

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