• Open Access (OA) 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.
  • Open Access is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue (even profit), print, preservation, prestige, quality, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature.

  • Peter Suber, "Open Access Overview," 2004 (revised 2010)

    Find out more about Open Access, its benefits to you, what Pitt is doing to support Open Access, and what's new on the international stage for Open Access.


    In broad daylight: Innovation and transparency in peer review
    Monday, October 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Light refreshments will be served beginning at 4:00 p.m.
    University Club Ballroom A, University of Pittsburgh
    Moderator: Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor,
    Journal of World-Systems Research
    Panelists: Brandon Stell, PubPeer; Larry Kane, University of Pittsburgh, F1000 Research; Lenny Teytelman,; Josh Nicholson, The Winnower

    Independent peer review is one of the foundations of scholarship and a practice that has been in place in the academy for centuries. This panel will address innovations that promote transparency and accelerate the pace of research, such as post-publication review, open peer review, and research evaluation ethics.

    Check out these other Open Access Weeks events.

    The Open Movement in Higher Education
    Thursday, October 15, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Hillman Library, G-74, University of Pittsburgh. Sheila Corrall, Chair, Library & Information Sciences Program, University of Pittsburgh

    Got Data? Building a Sustainable Ecosystem for Data Driven Research
    Wednesday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gregg Hall (Porter 100) Carnegie Mellon University. Francine Berman, Research Data Alliance/US Chair

    The Impact of Open Access Models: Finding Stable, Sustainable and Scalable Solutions
    Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hillman Library G-74, University of Pittsburgh

    Colloquium on Open Data and Research Futures
    Thursday, October 29, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reception and poster showcase 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.;
    Panel Presentation/ Discussion, 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Mellon Institute Library, Carnegie Mellon University.

    Co-hosted by the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, this event will explore the Open Movement as it relates to scholarly data by bringing together a panel and poster session with players who facilitate, require, and use open data.

    Open Access Week 2014: October 20-26

    Now available online--Culture Change in Academia: Making Sharing the New Norm

    View the slides and announcement for this event here

    Pitt celebrated its 4th Open Access Week with three events—
    Historic Pittsburgh Fair

    Culture Change in Academia: Making Sharing the New Norm
    featuring keynote speaker Erin McKiernan with a panel of Pitt faculty members responding to her presentation

    The Challenge of Openness and Transparency in Scholarly Communication
    cohosted by the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University and the University Library System,
    University of Pittsburgh

    Open Access Week: Past events
    Be sure to take a look at past Open Access Week programs and activities held at Pitt.