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Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing and distribution model that provides free, unrestricted access to scholarship and research outputs. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results and content is open to all with no access fees.

Check out this PhD Comics introduction to Open Access featuring UC Davis Director, UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program, Jonathan Eisen.

Open Access Models

There are two models of Open Access publishing: Gold Open Access and Green Open Access.

Gold Open Access

Gold Open Access

Work is published in an Open Access journal that is freely available to all readers. Open journals are often funded through a subsidy from a hosting institution or professional body, or they charge an article processing fee that is paid by the author, academic institution or research sponsor.

Green Open Access

Green Open Access

Author chooses to deposit article in an online digital repository allowing readers to freely access and reuse the work. Authors may deposit preprints of their work without obtaining permission from a journal publisher and many journals also allow authors to archive their postprints. It is made available under Open Access regardless of the journal that it was published in.

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Open Access Week Events

International Open Access Week 2020 UC San Diego Library Events


Oct. 20, 2020 from noon - 1:00pm PST - registration open to all

"Predatory” Publishing: Addressing Bias and Avoiding Pitfalls, for instructors given by Librarians from University of California at San Diego, Temple University, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of California at San Francisco.

More information and registration here


October 22, 2020 from noon to 1:30 pm PST - registration open to all

Building Structural Equity and Inclusion: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

An open access virtual workshop for instructors given by UC San Diego Librarians.

While many of the benefits of using openly licensed materials remain constant, their importance is amplified as students are facing decreased bandwidth and access, and increased financial obstacles due to the pandemic. Register for this free online session as we explore strategies for ensuring your students can access and engage with the resources you need to support your instruction.

More information and registration here.


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