What is Open Access?

Open access is access to published scholarly research that is free of most copyright and licensing restrictions and free of charge to any reader, anywhere in the world! Open access continues the existing generous practices of scholars who volunteer their writing, review and editing services. There are many paths to open access, and although none are cost-free, many significantly reduce distribution costs while maintaining high levels of rigor and quality and simultaneously increasing research access and visibility. While open access advocacy (and funder and institutional policies) tends to focus on journal literature, some academics also explore options for making their monograph publications freely publicly available.

Watch "Open Access 101"

Open Access 101, from SPARC


Watch "Open Access Explained"

Open Access Explained!



Learn more about Open Access

Peter Suber's "A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access" or the longer "Open Access Overview"

MIT's Open Access FAQ

SPARC's Introduction to Open Access

SHERPA's Glossary of Open Access Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terms

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Repositories

Open Access Directory wiki

Questions or comments about open access issues at the University of Minnesota, and in general, can be directed to openaccess@umn.edu.