Open Access

Open Access Week 2018

What is Open Access?

'Open Access' to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole." The are many ways in which you can practice open access, from open lab notebooks to creating open textbooks. Consult these resources for additional explanations of open access:

Why does Open Access matter to me?

The Right to Reseach Coalition lists many ways in which open access impacts faculty and students:

For faculty and researchers:

  • better visibility and higher impact for your scholarship
  • knowledge sharing
  • new research partners can be identified

For Students:

  • If your professors can’t read it, they can’t teach it
  • It removes the barriers of high journal subscription costs, which puts smaller institutions at a greater disadvantage 

Open Access at UPEI 

Open Access Publishing

Open Data

Open data is defined as "structured data that is machine-readable, freely shared, used and built on without restrictions" (Government of Canada, 2018). More information about open data can be found at:

Open Science

Open science is the idea of increased transparency of research, research methods, data, and publications. 

Making Open Science a Reality  (pdf) -  OECD 2015

News About Open Access

Selected Resources on Open Access