At Penn State
On April 23, 2019, the Penn State Faculty Senate voted to endorse the Open Access Policy Recommendations from the University’s Open Access Task Force and the Senate Committee on Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology. The policy will be implemented upon approval by the president of the university.
To reduce subscription costs and ensure wider readership of scholarly publications, the Penn State Libraries support open access in a variety of ways:
- The Libraries provide financial support for collaborative open access initiatives including arXiv, BioMed Central, Bioline International, SCOAP3, Knowledge Unlatched, and Reveal Digital.
- The Libraries administer the TOME program at Penn State to support publication of open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences by Penn State faculty.
- The Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright maintains a guide on open access.
- This work on open access is part of a broader effort at the Libraries to use the power of openness to support the University’s teaching and research mission.
How Scholars Can Support Open Access
- If you are interested in supporting the global open access movement, consider the following:
- Self-archive your work in an open access repository (“Green OA”).
- Publish in an OA journal (“Gold OA”).
- Advocate for open access publishing with your scholarly society.
- Referee or do editorial work for an open access journal.
Alternative Access to Subscription Content
- It is often possible to access subscription content without a subscription. The UC Libraries provide a guide to these options, Alternative Access to Elsevier Articles.
- Open Access Button and Unpaywall offer browser extensions scholars can use to identify open access versions of articles.
- There are many legal online repositories for open access content, including PubMed Central, NSF-PAR, DOE PAGES, arXiv, OSF Preprints, and Penn State’s own ScholarSphere. Because these repositories are well-indexed, a web search for the article’s title often returns content in one of these locations.
- Often, authors retain the right to share copies of their articles with colleagues when signing a publishing agreement. Many authors are willing to send a copy of their article to a colleague in their field upon request.
- When the options above do not work, a library can often provide access to content without a subscription, either through Interlibrary Loan or a one-time per-article license.