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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Access Resources

Guide to Open Educational Resources

Are Open Access and OER the same thing?

Definitions are still evolving, but it's important to know that Open Access (OA) and OER are related, but different! At this moment in 2019, there is overlap between the two, but this may change!

  • OA (Open Access) refers to online content such as scholarly books, textbooks, and journals that are free of charge and free of copyright and licensing restrictions.
  • Sometimes authors or educational institutions must pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to a publisher to make an article Open Access. Sometimes articles are "embargoed" for a while before they become open access. You an see examples of this with resources like SpringerOpen and Proquest Open Access Publishing Plus.
  • There are varying opinions about the definition of Open Access. Some agree that it means for one to freely access and read open access content without modification rights, while in others open access grants ability to remix and revise the content. Generally speaking, however, OA usually doesn't include modification rights.
  • Regardless, these types of resources should be identified by a Creative Commons license in order to qualify as Open Access

Open Access Textbooks

Open Access Books

Open Access Journals

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