University Libraries offers access to a growing collection of Open Access research databases and online collections.
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To learn more about Open Access, recommend a resource, or discuss scholarly publishing at SBU, contact Darren Chase, Scholarly Communication Librarian, 632.9830.
What is Open Access? Open Access to scholarly journal articles and other works means that these are accessible at no cost on a journal website or in a repository committed to long-term archiving, and available for all to read, download, print, copy, share, etc. (attribution always required, of course). This matters because:
Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee.
Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their institution and think that their access is free, in reality it is not. The institution has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license and re-use of this content is limited.
Paying for access to content makes sense in the world of print publishing, where providing content to each new reader requires the production of an additional copy, but online it makes much less sense to charge for content when it is possible to provide access to all readers anywhere in the world. –The case for open access. plos.org
For more information, see Open Access to Scholarly Articles: The Very Basics