Published: Oct. 24, 2018

Open access (OA) is a way of publishing your research that enables it to be freely accessible to the public and usually has limited copyright restrictions. This method of publishing provides people with greater ability to access, view, build upon, and cite research.

The OA model of publishing is a better fit for the collaborative and technology-driven digital age. While the OA model of publishing is an exciting and dynamic area of inquiry and practice (as are related topics such as open educational resources), it is also an established and respected mode of scholarship that has been around for nearly 30 years and almost always includes peer review by discipline experts. The OA movement is gaining steam because of its many benefits, which include providing greater visibility and citations to researchers,  supporting the goal of equitable access to information across the world, and encouraging innovation by enabling accelerated and more collaborative scholarship.

In celebration for Open Access Week, we sat down with faculty from different departments to learn why they support open access too!

Monika Fleshner, Professor of Integrative Physiology

Min Han, Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

Michael Hannigan, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Great thanks to Professors Fleshner, Han and Hannigan for participating in our video series, to our Scholarly Communications Librarian, Melissa Hart Cantrell, and to our Media Services team: Michael Riberdy, Kelly Brichta, John Dziadecki and John Langone, for their collaborative work on this video series.