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Open Access: Open Access

This guide is an overview of Open Access and resources to learn more.

Open Access (OA) is "online, digital literature that is free of cost and most copyright restrictions." (Suber). It focuses on accerated discovery, public enrichment, and improved education. (PLoS) and focuses on scholarly literature and research outputs.

The Syracuse University Libraries support open access by helping students, faculty, and staff understand the processes and benefits of making their scholarly work freely available as well as how openly licensed teaching and learning materials can be created and integrated into curricula, and through a number of Open Publishing services.

Since its launch in 2010, SURFACE has grown to include thousands of items ranging from scholarly articles, books, journals, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, videos, and more. It serves to represent the strength and diversity of work being done by members of the Syracuse University community and to share that work with communities all over the world. To learn how you can have your work included in SURFACE, please contact your Subject Specialist Librarian or

SURFACE is a service of the Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) and is administered by an interdepartmental team led by the Open Publishing Librarian and in coordination with SUL administrators and the Digital Library Program.