Open Access Efforts at Penn State
- To reduce subscription costs and ensure wider readership of scholarly publications, the Penn State Libraries support a variety of Open Access efforts.
- The Libraries support passage of a Penn State Open Access Policy by Faculty Senate.
- 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.
- Penn State Libraries Guide to Open Access
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”).
- Support adoption of an Open Access Policy by Faculty Senate.
- 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.