Open Access

Open access is a movement that encourages making scholarly resources more freely available over the internet. The goal is to maximize the impact of research, particularly research that has been funded with public money.

Open Access Week is a global event where members of the academic and research community teach, learn, and share information about this publishing model.

Open Access at OSU

Almost 50,000 theses and dissertations by Ohio State students are open access via the University Libraries’ partnership with the OhioLINK ETD Center. With participation from thirty universities and colleges in Ohio, the OhioLink ETD Center houses a combined collection of over 50,000 electronic theses and dissertations and has over 25 million total downloads worldwide.

OSU's institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank, provides digital content publishing and archiving for OSU facutly, staff, and graduate students. Many materials in the Knowledge Bank are available as open access. 

Content on The Ohio State University Libraries’ website for which OSUL owns the copyright (or has permission to sublicense) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. For more information, please visit:

The Faculty of University Libraries of The Ohio State University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopted an open access resolution effective July 1, 2012: The Ohio State University Libraries Open Access Resolution.

The Libraries Publishing Program works with faculty, students, and academic units at OSU to publish open access scholarly work in a variety of formats. This program provides free or low-cost publication development and hosting, and serves as an alternative to working with a commercial publisher. 

Open Access Resources

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