What is Open Access?
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 scholarship is also, as described by Kevin Smith at Duke, 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.
Open Access Initiatives at Rice
Rice Open Access Policy
The Rice Faculty Senate passed an Open Access Policy on April 19, 2012, ensuring that research articles authored by Rice faculty are made available to the public at no charge. Learn more about the policy here.
Rice Author Open Access Fees
Fondren Library subsidize open access fees for some journals. Learn more at the library’s research guide.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Rice University makes its graduate theses and dissertations available online at no cost to end users in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive. Browse works here.