Open access refers to free, immediate, online access to information and additionally, information that is free from most copyright and licensing restrictions that prevent or complicate its use. 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.
Learn more about the benefits of open access from SPARC Impact Stories.
Open Access Week is an opportunity for the international academic and research community to learn about the benefits of Open Access, share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and inspire wider participation to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.