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Open Access: Getting Started

Learn more about Open Access to Research

Open Access Week 2019

The theme of Open Access Week 2019, October 21-27, will be “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” This year’s theme builds on the 2018 theme of making a central commitment to equity as we transition toward new systems for sharing knowledge and focuses on equity again —to deepen our conversations about being inclusive by design and to turn those conversations into action. 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