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Open Access, Digital Commons, Open Textbooks, Textbook Affordability: Open Access & CC

What is Open Access?

open access logo “Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.”

  Peter Suber, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access   

   While OA is a newer form of scholarly publishing, many OA journals, textbooks, and monographs comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards. For more information, see Peter Suber's overview of Open Access:

Types of Open Access

  • “Green” Open Access – author’s final version archived in repository, but article published in subscription journal
  • “Gold” Open Access – article made available immediately in open access journal

There are two primary vehicles for delivering OA to research articles, OA journals ("gold OA") and OA repositories ("green OA"). -Peter Suber

Creative Commons

Creative Commons

"The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work."   - About the Licenses, What our licenses do

- Share Your Work, Choose a License

Open Access Explained

Creative Commons (CC)