International Open Access Week, October 21-27, 2018


Guest Blog Posts

During the month of Open Access week (October 21-27) we will be highlighting guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty, Students, and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.

What is Open Access?

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Read more about Open Access.

Learn more

Find out more about open educational resources by visiting the OER subject guide.

Questions? Contact Mahrya Burnett.