Open access (OA) refers to creative work or scholarship that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Work that is OA is freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, increasing accessibility to those who do not have access to subscription-based scholarly literature. OA is also a statement about the values of scholarship; an attempt to introduce more transparency into the process of research and to encourage greater participation in its creation, financing, and evaluation.

Fondren Library supports open access at Rice:

Rice Open Access Policy: This policy, which was passed by the Faculty Senate in 2012, directs faculty to make copies of journal articles available in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive. Learn more here.

Financial support for OA publishing: Fondren Library supports Rice authors publishing in Open Access (OA), peer-reviewed research journals through membership discounts and through offering funds for OA fees. We also support OA scholarly book publication by Rice authors. Information about the program can be found in this research guide.

Rice Digital Scholarship Archive: This repository enables faculty to share their work openly; librarians manage the content to ensure that it can be found and is preserved. Most materials come from Rice faculty members’ research, electronic theses and dissertations, and digitized collections of rare or unique books, images, musical performances, and manuscripts. Use this webform to submit your work.

Open Educational Resources: As part of its support for affordable course material, Fondren provides resources for finding and using Open Educational Resources (OER).


Fondren staff are available for consultation on open access issues. Contact openaccess@rice.edu.







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