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Copyright: Open access

What is open access?

Open access (OA) means that full-text research papers are available online as soon as they are published, free of charge and most copyright restrictions on access or use. For a concise introduction to key OA concepts and issues, read Open Access Overview by Peter Suber, one of the leading authorities on open access movement. 

Green OA vs. Gold OA

Green Open Access refers to the self-archiving of published or pre-publication works in an institutional repository such as SOAR@SU or a disciplinary archive such as arXiv.org.

Gold Open Access refers to papers published in open access journals such as the PLoS and BioMed Central journals. 

Gratis OA vs. Libre OA

Gratis Open Access refers to works that are available free of charge, while some copyright and licensing restrictions may still apply.

Libre Open Access refers to works that are available free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open access and copyright

Reader rights. Free readership rights to all articles immediately upon publication

Reuse rights. Generous reuse & remixing rights (e.g., CC BY license)

Copyrights. Author holds copyright with no restrictions

Author posting rights. Author may post any version to any repository or website with no delay

                                                                                                         (Adapted from SPARC's HowOpenIsIt? CC-BY)

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