October 21-27, 2013 is international Open Access Week. Open access is a global event to celebrate and promote the open access publishing model. Open access publishing is when content, especially scholarly journal content, is published online for free to anyone with access to the internet. No paywalls or other restrictions prevent people from reading and disseminating the information. You can read more about the event at http://openaccessweek.org or check out this youtube video explaining what open access means and why it is important.
At The University of Texas at Tyler libraries we promote open access through library collections and with in-house publishing options such as the Institutional Repository. Some open access collections that you may have used before in the library are the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed, and ERIC. Anyone can access these collections for free online, but they are also included as part of the Swoop Search library search tool.
The University Archives and Special Collections Department is responsible for the UT Tyler Institutional Repository—a largely open access repository. Run on DSpace, the Institutional Repository is an open source platform that provides free and worldwide access to student graduate work. Open Access repositories, like the UT Tyler Institutional Repository, guarantee more accessibility to work, therefore increasing the visibility of author’s research and enhancing scholarship. Immediate access to free, full text work also spreads new ideas, information, and collaboration across the globe.
The UASC also strives to educate graduate students about the importance of author rights, exclusive journals, and open access options. Before submitting their work to our open access Institutional Repository, we provide Graduate students with information on adding addendums to their copyright agreement to allow for open access through an Institutional Repository. Authors are also recommended to check SHERPA/RoMEO, (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/) a free website that stores specific publisher copyright and archiving policies.