Open Access refers to research and materials that are freely available online. The creators of these items have put low barriers to access by not imposing strict copyright or licensing restrictions. Check out Peter Suber's "Very Brief Introduction to Open Access" for a good overview of the topic.
repository.iit is a great way to make your work open access. The library will work with faculty, students, or staff members to deposit research in the institutional repository. We can make the work open to the general public, pending your agreement with your publisher. Even when work is not able to be placed in the institutional repository because of copyright restrictions, there may be other versions of the work (such as preprints) that can be made freely accessible.
The library has an open access policy for the published works of librarians. This policy was created using the Harvard Open Access Project as a guide. Please contact Alicia Esquivel if your department or college is interested in developing an open access policy.
If you are considering publishing in an open access journal, we welcome you to contact Alicia Esquivel, the Digital Scholarship Librarian. She can help provide information about the credibility of the journal, and can also assist in helping faculty to navigate copyright agreements with traditional publishers, so that work can be made open access.