Open Access(OA) describes the online, free-to-register, public access to the scholarly journal literature (in particular) that has until very recently been only available to the reader through subscriptions or affiliation with an institution that pays subscription fees. Such "subscription-only" access significantly reduces the possible dissemination, impact, and engagement between scholar, funding institutions, and the public that ultimately funds the research endeavor. Open Access changes all that.
- Purdue University Press and the Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) Publish New Book, Free Online for Global Audiences
- DataCite, re3data.org, and Databib Announce Collaboration
- Digital Commons Community Tops One Million Open Access Full-Text Objects
- Nobel Winner Declares Boycott of Top Science Journals
- Google Books Copyright Lawsuit Win is a Significant Victory for University Libraries, including Purdue
Information for authors about their copyright related to open sharing and working with publishers for better dissemination of their work. Go to Author Rights
OA for Graduate Students
Resources and information for graduate students about open access. Go to OA for Graduate Students
Text for Publishing Go to OA Publishing
FAQs on Open Access
Brief questions and answers commonly asked about open access are answered here. View FAQs
OA in Context
Learn more about open access efforts and impact locally, including the January 2012 Purdue University Senate recommendation on open access, and the national/international context of the scholarly communication system. Go to OA in Context.
Benefits of OA @Purdue
In-depth description of the benefits of open access - benefits to the individual scholars who choose to share his/her work, as well as to Purdue, the citizens of Indiana and globally. View Benefits.
Glossary of terms often used by those advancing open access principles as well as those engaged in making their work publicly accessible. View Glossary.