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Scholarly Communication @ UH Manoa: What Is Open Access (OA)?

Scholarly communication news and events for researchers at UH Manoa

Open Access Defined

Establishing open access as a worthwhile procedure ideally requires the active commitment of each and every individual producer of scientific knowledge and holder of cultural heritage. Open access contributions include original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia material.

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship (community standards, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now), as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.


  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards (such as the Open Archive definitions) that is supported and maintained by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter operability, and long-term archiving.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Open Access Explained

Why Participate in Open Access?

When you publish an article in a scholarly journal or serve as an editor or peer reviewer, your principal motivations are almost always to disseminate the results of your research, advance your career, and contribute to the public good.

Open access is an effective way to accomplish these goals. Open access content reaches the broadest possible audience faster by eliminating the price and permission barriers of subscription-based journals. Scholars and researchers at institutions without journal subscriptions and interested individuals outside the academy have immediate access to your work. With a broader audience and no access delays, your research has the potential for the greatest impact.

Watch a lecture about Open Access and the Harvard Open Access Initiatives addressing the goals of research and how best to reach them.

Read the 2015 article Open Access: What’s in it for me as an early career researcher?