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Get more information about what Open Access means, and find OA resources in a variety of formats to support your research and teaching.

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Support for OA at NU

Northeastern University supports open access to information.

The Faculty Senate has twice passed resolutions in favor of providing open access to the scholarly output of the university, in 2006 and 2008. In 2013, the Faculty Senate's Library Policy and Operations Committee delivered a report to the Senate encouraging increased support for Open Access on campus.

In 2016, the staff of Snell Library adopted an Open Access policy for their research publications and presentation materials.

The NU Libraries also support OA through their memberships in or contributions to:

(See the Open Access Journals and Books and Research Collections tabs for more info on these and other resources.)

What is Open Access?

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.

Open Access means making research available online to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible. Authors participating in open access, whether through self-archiving in an institutional repository or publishing in open access journals, often retain more rights to their work than those publishing in fee-based journals and enjoy the benefits of greater distribution to a more diverse audience. The public benefits from having access to the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries.

In 2002, the Budapest Open Access Initiative defined open access as the "world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature, completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds." Since then, the concept of open access has grown to include similarly free and unrestricted access to textbooks, data, and other scholarly and academic resources.

For more information, see the list of additional resources below.

Video Introduction to Open Access

Open Access 101, from SPARC from Karen Rustad on Vimeo.

Animated video explaining open access to research and why it's important.

Learn More About Open Access


Portions of this guide are reused from Eleta Exline's Scholarly Communication and Open Access Guide at the University of New Hampshire.