Ensuring academics and other researchers have immediate access to free, online articles is one of the goals of open access. Digital Scholarship Librarian Andrea Wirth shares insights on open access, why it is such an important issue for higher education institutions across the globe, and how the University Libraries support open access to UNLV faculty and student research.
What is open access?
Open Access refers to scholarly literature that is both free to read and free of most copyright restrictions. While open access conversations hit the mainstream in the early 2000s and focused primarily on access to journal articles, other types of scholarly publications can be made open access. For example many universities, including UNLV, make theses and dissertations freely available to read through an institutional repository. Other areas of the “open” movement include open data, open educational resources, open source, and more.