Open Access is an international movement to support unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. This guide provides resources and information for the UNT community about this emerging trend.
Note that on August 25, 2022 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a new set of guidelines for providing public access to all federally-funded research products, including data and peer-reviewed publications.
The Open Research Toolkit was created by Christopher Eaker during Faculty Development Leave, Fall 2021. While this toolkit was designed for librarians to learn about open research concepts and skills and teach them at their institutions, it would be useful for anyone interested in learning more about open research. Any questions related to this content can be directed to the author at OpenResearch@utk.edu.
A growing number of scientists and entrepreneurs are leveraging blockchain tools, including smart contracts and tokens, in an attempt to improve modern science. Collectively, their work has become known as the decentralized science movement, or DeSci.
Open Access information is digital information that is online, free of charge, and free, in varying degrees, of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access resources typically permit users to download, copy, print, display, distribute, search, index, and link to the information.
Open Access resources remain the intellectual property of their creators, who have attribution rights as well as control over the integrity of their work, often through the use of Creative Commons licenses.
Publishing scholarly work in Open Access journals or depositing it in OA repositories can:
Increase the visibility and impact of research by making it discoverable online
Allow reuse of research and research data to prevent duplication of effort
Manage and document scholarly work to maintain integrity and save resources in the long term
Allow students, other researchers, and the general public to access scholarship without expensive restrictions
Allow libraries to acquire scholarly work without paying exorbitant subscription fees
Help meet funding agency requirements (especially for federally-funded research)