Open access refers to free, immediate, online access to information and research and additionally, information and research that is free from most copyright and licensing restrictions. Some commonly used open access terms include:
Common terms adapted from Molly Keener's Open Access Guide from Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
Open access to research helps students, scholars, and researchers collaborate and innovate at an accelerated pace and has direct and widespread impact on our ability to advance knowledge in academia, medicine, technology, and society as a whole. Open access allows anyone, anywhere to read peer-reviewed research articles without charge, thereby facilitating:
Learn more from the SPARC Impact Stories.