Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA), as defined by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is the "free, immediate, online availability of reesearch articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment". Taking advantage of the democratizing power of the internet, Open Access ensures that access to research is freely accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Why is it Important?

  • OA has the potential to ease the ever-increasing strain that sprialing serial prices have placed on the library budgets. Libraries could build collections instead of cutting book purchases or cancelling serials
  • OA makes your research easier to discover. By removing publication paywalls, more researchers around the world could access your important scholarship. In 2017, researchers in 54 countries and territories accessed items in the IU South Bend repository.
  • OA makes your publications more likely to be cited. Articles published in the form of OA (such as ScholarWorks, home of IU South Bend's own institutional repository) are more likely to be cited. the OA Citation Advantage has become well-documented by the heavy majority of studies on the topic.

Last reviewed: 08/2017