Your library is here to make sure that you have access to the resources you need—but it doesn’t always come cheap. Some individual titles for scholarly journals cost over $1,000 for just one year! So, if you don’t have access to a library that can shell out thousands of dollars, you wouldn’t have access to the scholarly resources that researchers have come to depend on.
The Open Access (OA) movement exists to try and counteract those publishers that put such a high price tag on their titles. Folks in OA know that research isn’t free, but they also recognize that there are better ways to fund and promote quality research.
OA journals still follow all of the conventional rules of scholarly publishing, like peer review, so the quality of work published is no less than the $1,000 journals. Another big bonus is that authors who publish in OA journals retain their rights. Often, in the for-profit journal world, authors retain little to no say over what they can do with their scholarly research after it appears in the journal.
For more information about Open Access Week, visit their website Or, to browse some OA titles, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). On or off campus, with or without a K number, you’ll always be able to read the research published there!