"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment." - SPARC
Benefits of Open Access:
Discoverability - maximize your impact by disseminating your research to a broader audience.
Author Rights - retain the rights to reuse and distribute your research.
Unrestricted access - no paywalls to scholarly research.
Everyone benefits - research is useless if it's not shared with the community.
Gold OA: Authors publish in an open access or hybrid journal that makes articles openly available immediately on the publisher's website. Usually the author or grant institution pays an article processing charge (APC) for this access.
Green OA: Authors can self-archive a pre-print, post-print, or publisher's version in an repository such as Colby's College's Digital Commons@Colby. Normally publishers require an embargo of 6 months or a year on this content. Publisher policies can be found on the publisher's website or using SherpaRoMEO.
Diamond OA: Journals that are free to publish and free to read are considered Diamond or Platinum Open Access. A list of Diamond OA journals can be found using the Directory for Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin have an agreement with Cambridge University Press. The agreement provides access to Cambridge journals and unlimited coverage of Article Processing Charges (APCs) to our authors who publish Open Access in Gold OA or Hybrid OA Cambridge journals.
The agreement term runs from 2021 through 2023.
For more information, visit: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/open-access-policies/read-and-publish-agreements/oa-agreement-cbb
Even though your scholarship may be paywalled (only accessible via subscription or a fee), most publishers will allow you to archive an open access version of your work in your institutional repository. This is known as Green Open Access. Digital Commons@Colby is Colby's institutional repository and we are happy to support open access scholarship.
Why Contribute Content to Digital Commons@Colby?
For Students and Faculty-
For the College -
How to Contribute?
If you would like to contribute materials to Digital Commons@Colby or if you have any questions about the repository, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Access materials can also help ease the financial burden on students. Open Educational Resources, or OER, are educational materials that are openly licensed.
For help finding materials to use in your class, please email: email@example.com
Working on an article, book chapter, or monograph and want to know if you have permissions to use specific content? Thinking about scanning materials for your class or showing a video? Understanding copyright and fair use will help you to navigate these questions. Reach out to your library subject specialist for assistance, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org