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.
Rice University supports open access through a number of initiatives. Members of the Rice community are encouraged to make their scholarship openly accessible.
Open Access Initiatives at Rice
In April 2012, the Rice Faculty Senate passed an Open Access Policy that directs all tenured and tenure-track faculty to place copies of their scholarly articles in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive. Additional information about the policy can be found here.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
All Rice theses are open access and available through the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
Information about submitting theses and dissertations to the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive can be found at http://graduate.rice.edu/submitthesis.
You can find past theses and dissertations in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
Journal Open Access Fees
Fondren Library provides subsidies for publishing in several open access journals. Learn more about Fondren’s program at its Rice Author Open Access Fees research guide.