October 18, 2019
Brief History of Open Access Movement.
The open access movement began in the 1990s, as access to the World Wide Web became widely available and online publishing became the norm. The forerunners of open access were open source and open courseware.
What are Open Access resources?
Open Access refers to resources that are freely available for viewing and/or use. Open Access is not the same as Public Domain, and most Open Access creators do retain their copyrights. It is part of a continuum ranging from completely closed, subscription/purchase only access to completely open, no barrier publishing.
Why should AUCA community care about Open Access materials?
Open Access has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.
Also, Open Access materials can be excellent resources to supplement online library materials. Many scholarly and peer-review journals have opened their back issues as open access, and others have converted partially or totally to open access for all issues.
Where to find Open Access resources on AUCA library website?
The list of OA resources on the library website can be found here "Open Access Resources".