Open access seeks to make scholarly materials such as published and unpublished articles, manuscripts, working papers, conference proceedings, datasets, and creative works available to the public.
Open access literature is usually defined as "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions" (Suber, 2008).
It's made possible by the distribution power of the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder (Suber, 2008).
Open access materials have been reported to be downloaded more than traditionally published materials (Davis et al, 2008), and provide more opportunities for easier collaboration among researchers. In some disciplines, material is cited more than restricted (non-open access) materials (Lawrence, 2001).
Beginning in October 2012 Johnson & Wales Library will participate in the International Open Access Week program. Visit the Open Access Week event page for more details.
ScholarsArchive@JWU is an open access digital repository for scholarly materials and creative works. ScholarsArchive@JWU provides many tools for open access scholarly communication, including support for:
The ScholarsArchive@JWU coordinator and subject specialist librarians strive to build new partnerships with faculty, departments, research centers, and staff to collect and publish new content. Please visit ScholarsArchive@JWU to find out more.
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Xia, J., and Nakanishi, K. (2012). Self-selection and the citation advantage of open access articles. Online Information Review 36(1), 40- 41. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17004555