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What is Open Access?

Open access is free, unrestricted online access to scholarly articles. What it means to academia and research is that cost and access restrictions are removed from the equation, allowing free access to peer-reviewed, scholarly works, books, and just about any other electronic print material with the designation.

Open Access @ SBU

On February 6, 2017, University Senate adopted an Open Access Policy.  Visit Open Access @ SBU to see the SBU Open Access Policy, deposit your work, request a waiver and more!


Open Access works fall under two main publishing categories:


Green Open Access
Free online access to peer-reviewed materials provided by the author (self archived, or published in an institutional repository).


Gold Open Access
Free online access provided by the journal itself, whether the journal is subscription-based, APC (article processing charge)-based, or subsidized. Open access journals can be searchable within a digital publisher’s collection. For example, EBSCO allows the user to limit searching to open access journals.

SBU Open Access Policy

Your Global Audience Is Here

The Academic Commons is an open access scholarly repository and publishing platform for the Stony Brook University community.  Works in Academic Commons are: freely accessible online, regularly backed up, easily discoverable via search engines, and assigned a permanent URL so they can always be found.

A home for your scholarship

In addition to research articles, use Academic Commons to share your manuscripts, open textbooks and more. Academic Commons supports a variety of file formats, and we encourage you to deposit related materials with your texts (including data, images, audio and video).

Begin sharing your research and creative work  Visit, or contact Darren Chase, Scholarly Communication Librarian, to discuss Academic Commons, open access or other scholarly communication topics.  Email call 631.632.9830.

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is a worldwide event designed to promote open access as the new default in scholarly research and publishing. Now in its eighth year of events, current and past events are archived on its website.

Open Access by Peter Suber



Open Access by Peter Suber, cited above, is a pivotal work in the field and an approachable introduction to the basics of Open Access.

Related Guides

Open Access

Open Access


This guide will provide you with an introduction to Open Access (OA). Open Access is quickly growing in the academic community as a way to freely share and disseminate information equal in quality (i.e. peer reviewed) and reliability to traditionally published resources.



Content used with permission by Rachel Baum / CC NC BY

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