Open access (OA) resources are freely available online to the public and often carry less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works.
Scholars, students, commercial publishers, university publishers, academic institutions, emerging tech companies, taxpayers, and governments all approach the opportunities afforded by the digital environment with their own set of pressures and priorities.
The label “open access” is used to describe processes, business models, license terms, content platforms, and information resources. The use of the label can be inconsistent and misleading. This site and the external resources referred to attempt to provide some context and information to help members of our university community understand the issues and make informed decisions about navigating their rights as authors and users of academic information.