Open Scholarship



Open scholarship encompasses open accessopen dataopen educational resources, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment while also changing how knowledge is created and shared. -Association of Research Libraries

Benefits of Going Open


Manage your intellectual property

  • Retain certain or all copyrights instead of signing it away.
  • Maximizes the reach and impact of your work. Anyone anywhere in the world can read and cite you research.
  • Enhance the profile of institutions, researchers, and research programs.

Use alternative forms of publishing

  • Disseminate your work using open access platforms.
  • Take advantage of managing your journal through the library's publishing platform.
  • Enable appropriate access to published works, including primary data and educational resources.
  • Quicker dissemination of scholarly information helps propel faster advancements in science and scholarship and equates to more effective research.

Support sustainable scholarly communication

  •  Wield your influence with publishers.
  •  Promulgate society publishing best practices.
  •  Support publishing experiments and new business models.
  •  Support development infrastructure components, including institutional repositories, which will facilitate open access to scholarly information.

Comply with federal funders' Public Access Mandate requirements

  • Benefit by receiving more funding.
  • Major research institutions support legislation to public access to publicly funded research.
  • Increases returns on funders’ investments.

Use low-cost or free educational resources

  •  Proven to help improve student retention and success.
  •  Lowers the financial burden for students thus helping address the student debt problem.
  •  Create your own educational resources or easily adapt/modify while innovating pedagogy.


*This list was used and adapted from Claremont Colleges Library's Open Access Research Guide, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.