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Open Access Defined

Open Access is a publishing model that enables the free online availability of journal articles and scholarship, permitting any user to read,  download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these works, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful, noncommercial purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. 

The foundations of Open Access were delineated by the following three seminal statements:

Why Open Access Matters

Open Access (OA) fuels innovation through knowledge transfer by reducing barriers to reading, discovery, and sharing. Wider sharing of scientific discoveries and insights accelerates changes, inventions, treatments, and solutions that benefit the world. 

Additional resources on the importance of going Open:

Benefits of Open Access at a Glance

Open Access Benefits


Open Access Publication allows and provides: 

  • More exposure for your work
  • Researchers in developing countries can see your work
  • Practitioners can apply your findings
  • Higher citation rates
  • Your research can influence policy
  • The public can access your findings
  • Compliant with grant rules
  • Taxpayers get value for their money

Open Science / Scholarship

Open Science (or Open Scholarship) is the movement to align research and publication processes with the ideal of advancing collective knowledge and accelerating innovation to benefit all humankind. Open Scholarship makes research outputs and scholarly practices more accessible and inclusive; it emphasizes practices of research, publication, dissemination, and preservation that foster a culture based upon collaboration and sharing.

Learn More

Want to learn more? Here are a few resources that provide more in-depth information about open access:

Based on Open Access pages by the University of Arizona Libraries, © 2022 The Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of The University of Arizona, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.