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Murray State's Digital Commons: Open Access

Open Access

Journals can be more open or less open, but their degree of openness is intrinsically independent from their:

  • Impact
  • Prestige
  • Quality of Peer Review
  • Peer Review Methodology
  • Sustainability
  • Effects on Tenure

Source: HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum. 2013. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and Public Library of Science.

Open Access Definition

"Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, unrestricted availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship over the Internet - combines with the rights to use this information to its fullest possible extent." -