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French & Francophone Studies: Open Access

A resource guide for faculty and students in the French Section of the Department of Romance & Classical Studies at BGSU.


This page is for faculty interested in learning more about the Open Access (OA) movement in scholarly communication. If you are creating a resource guide that you would like to share with people outside of BGSU, select OA materials to limit restrictions on others accessing the materials. You also may want to consider publishing in OA journals if you want to share your scholarship as broadly as possible.

What is Open Access?

Open access materials are "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions)."  - Peter Suber's Open Access Overview

In an interview with ARL for Scholars Speak, Linda Hutcheon, former president of the Modern Language Association, made the following statement about OA:

Open access removes barriers. I find this very politically attractive. The sharing of knowledge it allows helps us get at economic inequities – experienced both by smaller academic institutions and, of course, by developing countries. Everybody wins. More access and resource sharing lead to a democratized diffusion of knowledge.

Currently, the two most common means for disseminating OA materials that concern academic reasearchers are:

  • OA journals, where publishing costs are covered by sponsorships, in-kind contributions, fees, or other sources of support. Find them in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • OA repositories, institutional, society and government online archives that provide free access to articles and also can include supplementary materials, such as data, working papers, and images. Find them using the Registry of Open Access Repositories.

For more information about finding OA materials, visit the library's Scholarly Communication guide or contact Emily Gattozzi, Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing.

Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing

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Emily Gattozzi
232 Jerome Library