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Introduction to Open Access & Open Access Week 2021

2021 marks the 14th year for Open Access Week — a global event that celebrates the Open Access (OA) movement. Here at UCF Libraries, we will be celebrating the week by sharing information about open access resources and tools that can be used by researchers year-round. From UCF’s institutional repository, STARS, to support for locating and using open educational resources, there are many different ways the Libraries can assist you with open access resources. Throughout the week, we’ll share blog posts and social media posts too, so stay tuned!

What is Open Access (OA)?

“Open Access” is a term used to describe a reform movement that aims to make scholarly literature freely available on the web and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. It can also describe an item itself. For example, if a journal article is Open Access, then that means it is available for free access and, typically, unrestricted non-commercial use.

How is Open Access Different from Traditional Publishing?

To publish something “Open Access” is in contrast to traditional publishing. Where a traditional publisher of academic journals charges money to read those journal articles, an Open Access academic journal is free to read and access online.

However, those interested in publishing will want to consider a variety of factors before deciding if OA is right for them. For instance, there may be other costs associated with publishing, such as Article Processing Charges — a fee charged to authors to make their work accessible in some Open Access journals. In addition, researchers will want to explore strategies for discerning reliable publishers and considerations for grant funding requirements.

Is Open Access Only for Academic Journal Articles?

Open Access does not just apply to academic journal articles. Books, textbooks, data-sets, and other works can also be Open Access. For more information about open access resources, visit our guide:

Follow us all week to learn about how Open Access. Meanwhile, check out the official Open Access Week website ( and UCF Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication website for more information (

For additional information or to answer any questions please contact Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian by email at:

Open Access Resources for Further Exploration

This year’s Open Access Week celebration is coming to a close. We hope that you have enjoyed following along with UCF Libraries’ blog posts, social media posts, and other activities that highlighted the Open Access (OA) movement. If you missed any of our efforts, you can always revisit them by visiting the Libraries’ blog or by checking out the Open Access Week archives in STARS, UCF’s institutional repository.


Addressing Equity and Access in the Digital Humanities: An Interview with Daniel Cox

Daniel Cox is a full-time instructor in the Games and Interactive Media program as well as a part-time Ph.D. student in the Texts & Technology program here at UCF. His research interests include code pedagogy and narrative games. He looks at how people learn programming languages and tools, and then how those skills translate into creating different works. He has been focused on open access learning for interactive storytelling tools for many years.


Exploring Open Access for Social Justice

This blog post is written by Humanities Librarian, John Venecek.

The idea of the library as a site of social justice is a long-standing interest of mine. I’ve explored this issue by developing exhibits, programming, and other events designed to shed light on social justice issues. As a subject librarian, I seek to build diverse and inclusive collections in the humanities including art, literature, Africana, and Latin American studies. I advocate for increasing the equity of and access to scholarship and I’m an active promoter of Open Education Resources (OERs) and textbook affordability initiatives. None of this is unique to me. Most librarians participate in these types of activities without considering themselves activists per se. They’re simply doing what librarians do every day: Promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in the most seamless, transparent ways possible.


Open Access Publishing Support for UCF Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars

Hello, UCF Grad Students and Postdoctoral Scholars! Do you have an interest in getting published in an Open Access (OA) journal but don’t know much about how it all works? Well, look no further. Here is a brief background on publishing Open Access and specifically Article Processing Charges (APCs).


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