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October 23-29


UNA is committed to Open Access.  To learn more visit our guides:

Scholarly Repository at UNA

Open Educational Resources at UNA

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

What do we mean by OA?  We mean access to online materials without cost and without many restrictions normally imposed by copyright or licensing.  

UNA is supporting OA by building an Institutional Repository (IR) that is available to host and disseminate research and scholarship.  The IR currently holds over 500 documents, including campus publications, scholarly articles, white papers, posters, and theses all produced by UNA faculty and students.

Which of your publications can be deposited in the IR?  It all depends on your copyright agreement with the publisher, but it can include:

  • Accepted Author Manuscripts (which are peer reviewed/copyedited) 
  • Version of Record (the actual published article as it appeared in print)
  • Metadata for articles that are under embargo that links to the publication

Other IR uses include:

  • Student theses and capstone projects
  • University-supported journals
  • Conference planning and publication of proceedings

Visit the IR to learn more.  UNA Scholarly Repository

About International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world, and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.

"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." -- Peter Suber

Want to learn more?

Check out these great resources to learn more about Open Access and what it might mean for your research:

  • SHERPA/RoMEO - This service works the the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and other open access directories worldwide to collect publisher policies and permissions information.
  • DOAJ - This website indexes and provides access to quality, peer-reviewed open access journals.  DOAJ provides a "seal of approval" for journals.
  • SPARC - a global coalition committed to open access, education, and data.  
  • ROAD - A project collaboration between ISSN and UNESCO.  Provides information about quality open access.

Why Open Access?

Open Access Explained

Open Education Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian