Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Course & Subject Guides

Open Access @ Pitt: All About OA

Here you can find out more about Open Access to research and how to make your scholarship more freely and widely available and usable.

OA @ Pitt Website

Visit the Open Access @ Pitt website. Here you'll find details on past, present, and future public events surrounding OA at the University of Pittsburgh.

#OpenAccess @Twitter

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research works coupled with the rights to use the work fully in the digital environment.

Culture Change in Academia: Making Sharing the New Norm

Full audio/video recording of Pitt's Open Access Week 2014 event featuring keynote speaker, Erin McKiernan (Neuroscience, Wilfrid Laurier University) and Pitt researchers Brian Beaton (Information Sciences), Gordon Mitchell (Communication), Lara Putnam (History), and Jackie Smith (Sociology)

OA Overview

  • Open Access uses open licensing tools to both allow authors to keep copyright and allow others to freely reuse and share the content.
  • You can recognize an Open Access work by its Creative Commons (CC) License. These licenses indicate the copyright owner (the author) and the reuse conditions for the item.
  • The term Open Access can apply to scholarly journal articles, books, and many other types of publications. There are other related terms for specific types of work, for example Open Data, Open Educational Materials, Open Source Software. The same free availability and reuse principles apply to all Open works.

Contact Us

Profile Photo
Lauren Collister
Hillman Library, G-73
Website Skype Contact: parnopaeus
Profile Photo
Jonah McAllister-Erickson
he, him, his, they
Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
G73 Hillman Library

Credit for this Guide

This guide was originally created by John Barnett. Revisions are made by Lauren Collister and Jonah McAllister-Erickson. A major language update is being done in 2021. 

Content of this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons-Attribution 4.0 license. You are welcome to re-use and adapt any part of this guide with credit to the original authors.