Open Access

Introduction to the Open Access Movement

Why Open Access? U of A Advocates Speak


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Faculty, staff, and students here at the University of Arkansas share their research, scholarship, and creative work with the world through open access. Listen to short podcasts with these open access advocates.

Open Access: An Interview with Professor Lauren Quetsch (podcast)

Open Access: An Interview with Graduate Student Amir Karami (podcast)

Open Access: An Interview with  Professor Steven Kopp (podcast)

OA for Research

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Research leads to breakthroughs, and communicating the results of research is what allows us to turn breakthroughs into better lives—to provide new treatments for disease, to implement solutions for challenges like global warming, and to build entire industries around what were once just ideas. Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

*Funders invest in research to advance human knowledge and ultimately improve lives. Open Access increases the return on that investment by ensuring the results of the research they fund can be read and built on by anyone.

*Researchers benefit from having the widest possible audience.

*The research enterprise itself benefits when the latest techniques can be easily used.

*Even the best ideas remain just that until they are shared, until they can be utilized by others. The more people that can access and build upon the latest research, the more valuable that research becomes and the more likely we are to benefit as a society.

Adapted from SPARC, Open Access

For information on how to make your own research open access, click on "Share Your Research" on the left side of the screen.


OA for Teaching and Learning

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Education is essential to advancing society. It’s how we pass down the wealth of human knowledge and equip the next generation of leaders, innovators, and citizens.Expanding educational opportunities is more possible now than it has ever been before. Through the Internet, learners can find information instantly on virtually any topic, teachers can share their knowledge with students on another continent almost as easily as in their own classroom, and educational materials can be disseminated to a worldwide audience at virtually no marginal cost.Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.Education is the key to advancing society’s greatest goals, from a building a strong economy to leading healthy lives. By increasing access to education and creating a platform for more effective teaching and learning, Open Education benefits us all.

Adapted from SPARC, Open Education

For more information, please visit the Open Education library guide.

OA for Enjoyment

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Authors, artists, photographers, composers, performers, filmmakers, chefs, dancers, and many other creative people make their work open access so that you can enjoy it, any time, wherever you are, without charge. Open access is not just for research or education, it's also for enjoyment! For a sample of the OA cornucopia, check out the following websites:



Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York Public Library


Free Music Archive

Library of Congress Recorded Sound Research Center

Sheet Music Consortium