Open Access Overview

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.

What's the Big Deal with Open Access?

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.

Many of the largest publishers now offer the option of publishing open access, and the number of full open access journals continues to expand.

In addition, hundreds of universities and colleges now have their own institutional repositories where faculty, staff, and students can self-archive academic work. The University of Colorado Boulder joins universities such as Harvard in adopting a campus-wide open access and self-archiving policy.

Need More Information on Open Access?

Please see these additional resources to learn more about open access, its impact, and opportunities.

You can also schedule a consultation with our Scholarly Communication Librarian about open access, copyright agreements, and compliance with public access policies, or visit the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship.

Introductions to Open Access:

Publishing Open Access:

Funding for Author Publishing Fees:

Repositories and Self-Archiving:

Federal Funder Sharing Policies: