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Scholarly Communication: Open Access

A brief guide on what's new in Scholarly Communication.

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open Access refers to literature that is available online, free of charge, and with limited or no licensing restrictions.
Examples include papers found in institutional repositories, articles in PubMed Central, or journals that make all their content free to the public, like PLoS Biology.

How do I know if an OA journal is reputable?

Does the Library have a fund to pay OA author fees?

Currently, JMU Libraries does not have a fund available for faculty looking to offset the author fees generally associated with Open Access publications. 

Open Access Animation

Open Access Button

Use this browser button whenever you hit a paywall to identify if it's possible to locate the article in an OA format.