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Scholarly Communication@WSU

A guide for Faculty and Librarians covering DigitalCommons@WayneState, Author's Rights, Open Access, and other related topics.

Open Access: Widgets and Apps

What is Open Access?

What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to free, unrestricted online access to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed publications. Open Access is often split into two models:

  • The author pays model: The author(s) pay an article processing charge (APC) in order to make their work Open Access upon its publication in a journal. This model is also referred to as Gold OA.
  • The self-archiving model: The author(s) deposit previously-published works in an open access repository, such as DigitalCommons@WayneState, PubMed Central, or arXiv, often subject to a publisher-mandated embargo restricting access for a specified period of time. This is also referred to as Green OA.

There are many Open Access options that exist outside of these two models, such as Open Access journals that do not charge APCs.

Benefits of Open Access

Aside from the obvious benefit of helping to make scholarship more accessible and affordable, Open Access provides

  • Researchers with increased visibility, usage, and impact for their work
  • Access to scholars working outside of "traditional"/Western European research institutions who have historically been excluded from scholarly conversation in many disciplines
  • Improved reputation for researchers and their host institution through increased citations
  • Improved quality of research through open, transparent and reproducible research practices

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship [documentary film]

Open Access Resources

Open Access@WSU

WSU Libraries have actively encouraged the spread of open access through several initiatives:

  • Partnering with the Office of the Vice President of Research, WSU became members of BioMed Central; this provides faculty and graduate students with 15% off of article processing charges when publishing in a BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, or Physical Math, all open access publications
  • Provide easy and free method for open access publishing tool for faculty, staff and students via DigitalCommons@WayneState
  • Increased the visibility of open access journals to WSU Library users by including open access journal titles in our library catalog
  • Provide open access options for student electronic theses and dissertations