Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Access

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open access (OA) publications allow everyone free, online, digital access to scholarly works that they can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or share. 

Find a more in depth definition at the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI).


Everyone, everywhere, everything benefits!


  • Your research is easier to access. 
  • It's read more.
  • It's cited more.


  • Can access more information.
  • Timely access to the newest research.
  • Better access to information, more informed research, better research. 


  • Can access research to master their field no matter what university or institute they attend. 


  • Can provide access to articles and journals without being hamstrung by journal pricing. 


  • Better access to information. 
  • More informed doctors, teachers, journalists, etc. 
  • Better informed individuals. 

Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact

Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals