What is Open Access?

Open Access is an international movement that has the goal of making peer-reviewed published scholarship available free of charge to the public and to the global scholarly community.

For additional reading about open access in general we recommend Wikipedia's well-referenced Open Access article.

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Open Access @ KU

14,557
The number of researchers to date that have signed the pledge not to publish, review, or serve on editorial boards for Elsevier journals

86
The number of scholarly communities in KU ScholarWorks

23,966
The number of times that the most popular KU ScholarWorks item-- Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)--has been downloaded or viewed since 2007

2009
The year that the KU Open Access Policy was approved by the Faculty Senate

3,328,007
The number of times that items in KU ScholarWorks have been downloaded since 2007

4,161,509
The number of searches performed in KU ScholarWorks since 2009

285
(and growing) The number of dissertations and theses in the Pre-1923 Dissertations and Theses collection at http://hdl.handle.net/1808/7158

KU Faculty's Open Access Policy

The KU Faculty Open Access Policy (revised and passed the faculty senate on February 11, 2010) is a mechanism that asserts the rights of KU faculty to provide broad, free access to their journal publications to colleagues around the world.

Under the policy, KU faculty can exercise these rights by retaining enough copyrights and once rights are retained provide KU with the necessary bibliographic information and a copy of the publication. KU then provides efficient and effective access to these publications by means of KU ScholarWorks.

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  • Ada Emmett
    Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication
    Head, Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

    aemmett@ku.edu
    785-864-8831
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Scholarship Specialist
    Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

    mreed@ku.edu
    785-864-8913
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