Answered By: Lauren Collister
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2015     Views: 57

Open Access (OA) refers to scholarly literature (articles, books, conference presentations, etc.) that are free to read, reuse, remix, and redistribute

OA is a response to the paywalling of scholarly literature, meaning the expensive subscription fees charged by some scholarly journals for access to read the articles contained in these journals. Paywalling restricts the access to knowledge to those who cannot afford the subscriptions or who are not affiliated with an institution (like the University of Pittsburgh) that pays the subscriptions for you. 

OA is something that scholars and students can do. If you have published a paper in a subscription journal, most publishers will let you post a version of that article in an Open Access repository like D-Scholarship @ Pitt. For help with this, get in touch with our Scholarly Communications team

Want to learn more about Open Access? Check out our guide!

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