Open access to scholarly research is vital to a healthy democracy and to education in general. As researchers and authors, it is our responsibility as graduate students to know our rights and exercise them as we begin to publish in the top jourals in our fields. However, navigating publisher's contracts can be a daunting task.
The United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) has played a vital role in advocating for a campus-wide open access resolution for the last four years or so. From writing our own UGGS open access policy, to sponsoring multiple events during Open Access Week each year, UGGS has become the library's staunchest advocate!