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What Is Open Access (OA)?

Open access (OA) publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

OA publications:

  • Remove price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, etc) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions)
  • Are compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance
  • Come in a variety of formats including articles, monographs, data, software, online education, and more

OA Explained

A short video overview of Open Access and its importance:

(A collaboration between
Right to Research Coalition
and PhD Comics)


Potential benefits of OA:

  • Maximizes the reach and impact of your work
  • Fulfills the requirements of funders 
  • Retains certain copyrights 
  • Promotes the public good 
  • Provides for archiving and long-term preservation 
  • Supports sustainable scholarly communication

Read more about the benefits of Open Access at the UC Office of Scholarly Communication.


Open Access Publishing

Examples of ways to publish OA materials:

• Author-Archived ("Green")
Previously published works can be deposited in open access repositories such as eScholarship, arXiv, or SSRN

• Publisher-Hosted ("Gold")
Many publications are openly available for free but commercial publishers of OA materials may charge a publication fee.

Potential funding sources for UCSC authors

• Dissertations & Theses
Information on electronic submission at UCSC


Need help?

We can help you deposit and manage your articles in an open access repository so that they are easy for other researchers to find, use, and cite.  

Contact your UCSC Scholarly Communications and eResearch Team:


UC Open Access Publishing Tools

The UC system has a variety of publication tools to aid in making your materials open access.


Find OA Journals

DOAJ directory of open access journals

Search the Directory of Open Access Journals for free, full-text, quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals in your discipline.


Does my journal allow self-archiving?

sherpa romeo

Use SHERPA/RoMEO to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.


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