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This page is for educational purposes. If you have other informational questions, contact Cindy Kristof, below. For legal concerns, contact the Office of General Counsel.
Open Access (OA) refers to scholarly, professional, and other digital materials that are available online free of charge to the reader/consumer. OA materials are frequently licensed to ease certain copyright restrictions, so that OA materials sometimes may be reused, revised, remixed, retained, or redistributed by the reader, otherwise known as the Five R’s.
There are many examples of OA materials, some of which you already may be familiar:
Neither OA nor application of a Creative Commons License removes copyright ownership and does not necessitate or imply transfer of your copyright to another party.
Many of the advantages of OA materials are obvious: not hitting a “paywall” when trying to access an article for a paper saves both time and money. Not having to spend money on a required commercial textbook can make a big difference if you encounter financial challenges during your college career.
Throughout your college career, you may encounter opportunities to make your creations freely available through OA on various platforms available through Kent State University. Some of them may offer the option of applying a Creative Commons License.
Examples can include:
Do you want your own research or creative content to be OA, freely available to readers throughout the world with an internet connection? Here are some considerations:
OA and Creative Commons Licensing offer exciting opportunities for access and collaboration in a variety of fields, from creative arts to scientific research. If you have questions about this, please contact Cindy Kristof, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Librarian.