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Open Access

The Indiana University Kokomo Library supports open access initiatives, and we are happy to work with you to make your research open. We also welcome questions about open access, including how to identify predatory journals and how to share your research after publication.

What is open access?

"In short, Open Access is the free and unrestricted online access to outputs of scholarly research."

— Torsten Reimer, Open Access and Digital Scholarship Blog, 2014,

Open access is an international movement intended to promote free access to scholarly literature and research on the Internet. According to the Budapest Open Access Initiative:

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

— Budapest Open Access Initiative, "Frequently Asked Questions," 2012,

Related resources

  • SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) comprises member organizations that are primarily located in the U.S. and Canada. They work to democratize access to knowledge by making scholarship and educational materials available to anyone.
  • The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in 2009. The Coalition currently works to advocate for policies that promote open access, as well as educate scholars and researchers about open publishing.

Paths to open access

You have choices for making your research or publications open. These are excellent guides that explain the different types of open access:

Last Updated: 8 January 2019

Last updated: 01/08/2019