Open Access Week

The week of October 23-29 is International Open Access Week, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the issue of access to published scholarly research.

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Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open access is access to published scholarly research that is free of most copyright and licensing restrictions and free of charge to any reader anywhere.  Learn more at our guide to open access.

How you can participate in Open Access Initiatives?

  • Publish in an Open Access publication so that everyone immediately and always has free access to your work.  Check the Directory of Open Access Journals to find high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Make your work available in an open repository.  The Library also now offers a digital repository for faculty, staff and students to deposit their scholarly articles and (at this time) small dataset to share. Visit knowledge.uchicago.edu for more information about our repository.
  • Use open access journals for your research. All journals published by the Public Library of Science are open access, as are all the publication of the Open Library of the Humanities.
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