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Open Access

This guide provides an overview of open access, including green open access, gold open access, funder open access policies, and open access at Penn State.

Open Access

Penn State's Open Access Policy, AC02: Open Access to Scholarly Articles

Open Access Explained, by PhD Comics

Nine Reasons for Making Your Work Open

  1. Increasing readership and citation of your research.
  2. Controlling costs for libraries and readers.
  3. Making your research available to the communities you study.
  4. Enabling policymakers and other decision makers to act on your findings.
  5. Making it easier for teachers to assign your work to their students.
  6. Complying with funders' open and public access policies.
  7. Keeping publicly funded research in public hands.
  8. Ensuring that readers can readily print, copy, and otherwise reuse your work.
  9. Taking advantage of the full power of the internet to share your results.

Services from the Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright

The Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright at the Penn State Libraries supports faculty, staff, and students in making informed and ethical decisions about copyright and the use of copyrighted materials in support of education and scholarly communications. The University Libraries supports teaching, learning, and research at Penn State as an active participant in the open access ecosystem, raising discoverability and visibility of Penn State scholarship and resources.

We are available to answer your questions. Submit a request to the Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright.


  • Consultations
  • Workshops
  • Customized Presentations
  • Resources & Information

We Support

  • Copyright Education and Training
  • Scholarly and Open Access Publishing
  • Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources (OERs)