Open Access refers to publications which are free to anyone with an internet connection. This includes the rights to view, read, download and build upon the work being read. There are variations in open access publishing however. For example the work may be made freely available to find and read, but not to re-use. The most common types of open access include journals that use a business model that allows for free access to readers (no subscriptions) but receives sponsorship or supports itself through charges to authors instead. Repositories, often institutionally or disciplinary based, allow scholars to deposit their research articles in an online, central database freely accessible to anyone.
Good open access practices offer the following:
The primary purpose of Digital Scholarship@UNLV, and institutional repositories like it, is to make the full-text of works produced by scholars at a university freely available and discoverable to anyone with an internet connection (what is open access?). This ensures scholars, students, taxpayers, potential collaborators, and others can find and have access to the research they need or want, and in turn broadens the audience for authors, encouraging additional use of the work and citations to it.
Another purpose of a repository is to help institutions highlight the research and creative activities accomplished locally. Just as abstracting and indexing databases cover specific subjects (think of CINAHL, Engineering Village, or the MLA International Bibliography), Digital Scholarship@UNLV does something similar but is based on institutional affiliation rather than discipline. The library showcases the research at UNLV by entering records for scholarly and creative products reported in Digital Measures and by request from individual faculty members.
Many research institutions (how many?) have robust repositories, which hold open access copies of accepted manuscripts and in some cases, final published versions of articles (why manuscripts?). We encourage UNLV authors to share their research widely and populate the UNLV Bibliography with the full-text of their works. Read on to learn more about why making your works available as open access publications benefits you and UNLV.
There are many benefits to you and society by having your works available in Digital Scholarship@UNLV. Submitting your full-text works to us will:
Find out how to add your full-text works to Digital Scholarship@UNLV.