The University of Minnesota Libraries is committed to helping authors and editors explore a wide variety of publishing options. Although we recognize that there is value in different publishing models, we support and encourage use of open access options, in which access to scholarly publications is free of charge for readers.
Many open access publications also allow authors to retain greater control of rights in their publications, and many allow readers broader freedoms to make use of published research. Our support for open access options is based on a recognition of the benefits that open access provides to authors, to the University, to the people of Minnesota, and to scholars and others all over the world.
In addition to providing general information about open access, the Libraries also provide consultative services and infrastructure support for the University's Open Access to Scholarly Publications policy, and with the Office of the Vice President for Research in supporting Open Access author fees through the Open Access Publishing Fund.