Open Access refers to the free availability of journal articles on the public internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
There are two main ways to participate in Open Access:
The easiest way to support open access is to retain rights to your publications, and archive the allowable draft of that publication in an open institutional repository.
The majority of publishing houses, including the big three (Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and Springer) all allow for self-archiving.
One of the many challenges faced by scholars is to identify the impact their scholarship is having in their respective disciplines.
These resources aim to assist in thinking critically about traditional metrics to help facilitate conversations about the role of impact factors in evaluating scholarship, whether for tenure and promotion or for finding and evaluating research in one's field. This section will also provide tools and resources on the growing field of altmetrics as well as tips and resources for assisting scholars with maximizing the identification and impact of their research.
The FSU Faculty Senate adopted an open access policy on February 17, 2016, ensuring that future scholarly articles authored by FSU faculty will be made available to the public at no charge. This policy demonstrates the commitment of our faculty to disseminating the fruits of their research and scholarship as widely as possible, and promises to increase authors’ rights, readership, and citation rates.