Open Access Week, October 19-23

Researchers are now required to submit all NIH-funded research to the online, open-access section of PubMed called PubMed Central. The Health Sciences Library offers information about Open Access.

Lara Handler, SOM Librarian, can help during a special session of Office Hours devoted to Open Access & the NIH Public Access Policy on Wednesday, Oct. 28.  Click here to read about the NIH Public Access Toolkit.

What is Open Access? 
Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, and freely accessible to anyone, any time, any where in the world.  OA is possible through the internet and the consent of the author and the copyright holder.  Most scientific OA literature is peer-reviewed.  OA literature is not free to produce.  Costs are paid up front rather than charging for access.  

Why should I care? 
OA reduces access barriers due to spiraling costs of scholarly publications.  OA enhances visibility, accessibility, and impact of research.

Where can I find Open Access articles? 
Directory of Open Access Journals  is a comprehensive source for finding OA articles.

What do faculty and administrators need to know?
Check out these info sheets: What faculty can do to promote open access and What universities and administrators can do

Where can I get more information? 
Visit HSL's Scholarly Communication and Open Access page; 
Ask-a-Librarian, or ask our staff at the HSL desk.