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Resources for McNair Students

What is Open Access?

Open Access publishing is an alternative, and growing, publishing model that reduces and eliminates barriers (e.g., paywalls, embargoes, copyright restrictions) to scholarly research to enable wider sharing and a more robust scholarly conversation. OA literature is “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Suber, 2004).

The bottom line

Open access articles are free for you to access, no matter what.

How to find openly published works

Unpaywall extension on an open access article shows an open padlock that will link you to the free copy:

Unpaywall extension on a closed access article shows an closed padlock: