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:
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 promotion and tenure factors may weigh heavily into your decision of which academic journal to submit to, doing so doesn't mean you have to sign away certain author rights. Library staff can work with you to negotiate your rights before signing restrictive copyright agreements. You may read more in our section on Author Rights.