In a nutshell, open access (OA) means free and unrestricted online access to research publications. The idea being that publications can be accessed by anyone, online without the need for payment or any other form of barrier to access. This model for access is promoted by many major research funders who require funded authors to provide free and open access to publications produced as a result of their funding. You can check major funders' policies in this matter on the Sherpa/Juliet website.
There are two ways to achieve open access to publications:
- The GOLD route: publishing in an open access journal, or selecting the open access option in a journal that offers it
- The GREEN route: depositing a copy of the work in an online open access repository such as ORA (Oxford University Research Archive)
The Bodleian Libraries offer guidance and information for Oxford authors in matters concerning open access. The Libraries provide the ORA service, Oxford's OA archive, as a green route to OA for University authors*. To mark Open Access week, the Bodleian Libraries are running a lunchtime event:
There will be two short presentations:
- The OA movement in Law: Ruth Bird, Bodleian Law Library
- Access to digital theses: Sally Rumsey, ORA, The Bodleian Libraries
Time: 13.15 - 14.00
Venue: RSL Lounge, Radcliffe Science Library
Members of the University are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available
* NEWS FLASH: Watch this space for news about easy deposit in ORA using Symplectic.