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Open Access: Home

Learn what open access is and how to find open access resources.

What is Open Access?

"Open Access is free, immediate, online availability of research articles with full re-use rights. It involves making all scientific research content available for anyone anywhere in the world to read, to access, and to build upon so people can do interesting things in new ways with the material."

Source: Open Access Explained! video created by PhD Comics

Myths & Misconceptions

Myth: Open Access sources are low quality and do not have peer review. 

There are open journals that are low quality. There are OA journals that don't have peer review.  There are OA journals that are high quality and have peer review.  OA is like traditional publishing in this respect.  There are high quality journals, low quality journals, established journals, and up and coming journals.  A good place to look for an Open Access journal is OASPA, which has strict standards for admission.

Myth: Access is not a problem

Not even a top research institution like the MSU can afford access to all scholarly literature. As journal prices rise much faster than inflation or library budgets, more journals are cancelled. 

Open Access Explained! by PhD Comics

Open Access Week - October 19-25

Open Access Week is an international series of events to highlight open access to research, and promoting open access as the new default for academic scholarship and research.

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Price is Right

Guess the cost of journals, textbooks, and databases. After you take the quiz, check your Price is Right answers!

1. The average cost per title for a periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper) in 2020 for college and university libraries is about...
$13: 2 votes (13.33%)
$130: 6 votes (40%)
$1,300: 7 votes (46.67%)
Total Votes: 15
2. The average cost of books and supplies for a fulltime college students at a 2-year college is...
$1.440: 5 votes (41.67%)
$475: 3 votes (25%)
$920: 4 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 12
3. About how much does LCC Library pay for annual database subscriptions?
$10,000: 0 votes (0%)
$30,000: 9 votes (75%)
$300,000: 3 votes (25%)
Total Votes: 12
4. The average price increase for periodicals for college and university libraries from 2020 to 2021 are projected to be...
1.7%: 0 votes (0%)
5.8%: 9 votes (75%)
10.5%: 3 votes (25%)
Total Votes: 12