Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Scholarly Communication

This guide is designed to help faculty learn more about their authors' rights and scholarly communication options.

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." -

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.