Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Introduction
What is Open Access?
Open Access is the free, online availability of scholarly content that is free from most copyright and licensing restrictions. To ensure the widest possible access to scholarly content, scholars can contribute to open access literature in several ways:
Open Access Publishing: Scholarly content made available online and free of charge to anyone upon publication.
Open Archives: Scholarly content in subscription publications made available free of charge after an initial embargo period.
Open Repositories: Digital collections of freely available scholarly content on a particular subject or the collected intellectual works of an institution or group of institutions.
Open Data: Data that is freely available for use, reuse, and redistribution.
UNC Open Access Policy
Resources for Learning More
UNC Scholarly Communications Office
The Scholarly Communications Officer provides guidance, policy development, and advocacy to faculty, students, and staff on the following issues:
Copyright and fair use
Policy related to scholarly material
Open Access Explained! by PHD Comics
HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Guide
"The HowOpenIsIt?®” Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide standardizes Open Access terminology in an easily understandable, comprehensive resource created by PLOS, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA
“HowOpenIsIt?® OAS moves the conversation from “Is It Open Access?” to “HowOpenIsIt?® ” and illustrates a nuanced continuum of more versus less open to enable users to compare and contrast publications and policies across a grid of clearly defined components related to readership, reuse, copyright, author and automatic posting, and machine readability."