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Textbook Options and Free OER (Open Educational Resources)

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What is Open Access (OA)

Open Access logo.

"Open Access" (OA) generally refers to scholarship that is free to read and re-use.

SPARC's definition of Open Access.

Peter Suber's definition of Open Access.

When it comes to making your work OA, there are two different ways to do this:

Green OA: Publish in a subscription journal but keep your rights and archive a copy of your article in an disciplinary repository. This allows authors to meet the public access requirements that many research funding agencies have.

Gold OA: Publish in an Open Access journal.

There are two other distinctions to keep in mind when talking about OA:

Libre OA: Scholarship that is free of most licensing and copyright restrictions.

Gratis OA: Scholarship that is free to read, but still has licensing and copyright restrictions.

Modifying an Open Textbook

OA Tools

OA Publishers

These are a few of the most notable OA publishers:


Open Access Publishing Infographic.