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.


  • The Open Access Revolution: Expected and Unexpected Changes in the Research Landscape

    A video of Kelvin Droegemeier's Open Access Week 2014 presentation, The Open Access Revolution: Expected and Unexpected Changes in the Research Landscape, is now available online. 

  • New license allows use of orphaned works in the UK

    In the past, anyone who wished to use a copyrighted work in the United Kingdom, but could not find the copyright holder to request permission, was unable to reproduce the work without violating copyright law.  This changed as of October 29, 2014, when a new licensing scheme was introduced by the UK Intellectual Property Office that allows users to license copyrighted works for a fee, after making diligent efforts to locate the copyright holder(s).

  • KU Libraries announce Open Access Week 2014 events

    KU Libraries is pleased to bring you events for the international celebration of Open Access Week, October 20-24, 2014.   During Open Access Week, KU will join more than 900 institutions from more than 90 countries around the world in celebrating innovations in sharing scholarly information and the resulting benefits. (#KUopenaccess)

    Of particular note:

    Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research and Regents' Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, will be speaking on Monday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at The Commons, Spooner Hall.  This presentation examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the open sharing of research data, including the definition of data, determination of what should be shared, assurance of proper use, relevance of reproducibility, and assignment of credit, cost and cost ownership. Views will be offered regarding the potential for open access to fundamentally transform the scholarship enterprise in ways both good and bad.

  • An upgraded KU ScholarWorks is coming!

    KU ScholarWorks will be going through a significant upgrade of its software September 27th through Oct. 3rd, 2014.

    We expect minimal or no disruptions for our users and visitors.  Please contact us at kuscholarworks@ku.edu with questions or concerns. We look forward to making KU ScholarWorks available from this upgraded platform.

Open Access @ KU

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

The number of scholarly communities in KU ScholarWorks

The number of times that the most popular KU ScholarWorks item--THE ROLE OF ADAPTOR PROTEIN GADS IN CD8+ T CELL-MEDIATED IMMUNITY--has been downloaded or viewed since 2007

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

The number of times that items in KU ScholarWorks have been downloaded since 2007

The number of searches performed in KU ScholarWorks since 2009

(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.  If a publisher requires a faculty member to opt out of the policy for a specific article, the author may submit an Open Access Policy Waiver Form.

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

  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Scholarship Specialist
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

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