What is Open Access?

Open access is the practice of providing free and unrestricted online access to research publications and data.

You will find OA publications in these formats:

  • Journals make articles immediately available online
  • Authors self-archive articles in a subject-based repository (e.g., arXiv.org)
  • Authors self-archive articles in an institutional repository (e.g., University of Alberta Libraries' ERA)

Open Access Explained