Briefly, Open Access means that online access to the information is unrestricted and free of charge. More thoroughly, an Open Access publication or service is one that meets the following two conditions:
Adapted from the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, June 20, 2003
Advocating for broad access to information and remaining agile in the face of rising operating costs are essential issues for academic libraries for reasons of economic and social justice. While we recognize that faculty and students often need to publish in specific commercial publications due to promotion and tenure factors, we strongly encourage faculty to retain their rights as authors. Publishing in a commercial journal often requires signing away certain author rights, but we can work with faculty and students to negotiate their rights before signing restrictive copyright agreements if it is not possible to publish in open access journals. You may read more in our section on Author Rights.
The library has a limited fund to cover the costs for article processing charges (APCs) for publishing an article so that it is openly accessible. Our priority for funding is for articles that are co-authored by faculty and students. Our second priority is to fund publishing in peer reviewed journals that are completely open access journals. We will use the DOAJ to verify if a journal is open access. One option for faculty is MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) a publisher of more than 180 peer-reviewed open access journals. We are a supporting member and as a member we have a discount for the APC for journals.
Pre-print servers exist for the purpose of sharing manuscripts that have been peer-reviewed, but are waiting to be published. As the lag time from when an article is accepted for publication to the actual date published can be quite lengthy, many turn to pre-print servers to find relevant and timely scholarly articles. The following are pre-print servers with those in red hosted on OSF at https://osf.io/preprints/: