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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.

PSU Open Access Policies

On April 23, 2019, the Penn State Faculty Senate voted to endorse the Open Access Policy Recommendations from the University’s Open Access Task Force and the Senate Committee on Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology. The policy, AC02: Open Access to Scholarly Articles, has been approved by the president of the university and went into effect on January 1, 2020.

To learn more about AC02, make your articles open, or get a waiver, please visit the Libraries' Open Access Policy website.

Previously, in February 2015, the Library Faculty Organization of the Penn State University Libraries passed an open access policy (now superseded by AC02), and in April 2015, the University Faculty Senate passed an open access resolution.

PSU Libraries' Support for Open Initiatives

The Libraries and the University provide financial support for a variety of open initiatives supporting open access, open data, open publishing, open education, open research, and open source. This support is part of a broader effort at the Libraries to use the power of openness to support the University’s teaching and research mission.

Shared Core Non-Profit Infrastructure

Open Content Investments

Organizations That Support Open Initiatives

Open Access Policies: An Introduction from COAPI