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Open Access: Getting Started

Learn more about Open Access to Research

Open Access Week 2018

The theme of Open Access Week 2018 October 22-28, will be  "designing equitable foundations for open knowledge" This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. Setting the default to open is an essential step toward making our system for producing and distributing knowledge more inclusive, but it also comes with new challenges to be addressed. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #OAWeek.

CORA, the UCC institutional repository

CORA is an online, open access repository established by UCC Library to collect, store and disseminate the digital research output of the UCC scholarly community.


What is Open Access?

Open access to research literature is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder" Peter Suber, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication 

Authors have a key role to play in making research open access. There are two ways authors can make their publications open access:  ​​

Author-Archived Open Access 
Authors can put copies of their publications into a repository such as CORA, the UCC institutional repository

Publisher-Hosted Open Access 
Authors can make their research open access through a publisher e.g. a journal website such as PLOS ONE 

Open Access Basics

Manager - Institutional Repository

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Breeda Herlihy
Research and Digital Services, Boole Library, University College Cork.
+353 (0) 21 420 5109