Traditionally, research is shared through closed systems. You can recognize a closed system when:
The ISU Library’s yearly materials budget is over $11 million.
Most people cannot afford to access or engage in these systems, because:
When you can't access research in your discipline, you can't do your best work.
When other people can't access your research, you can't promote yourself or your work widely.
So, how do you navigate these barriers?
Open Access (OA) is a global movement for access to information created and supported by researchers, librarians, and students.
The ultimate goal of the Open Access movement is to make research available to all, in many formats. If a work is "open," that means there is a copy of the work available to access for free, without readers having to log in or pay a fee.
You can make your work open in a few different ways:
Interested in making your journal article open? Watch our video on three paths to OA: