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What is Open Access?

Trying to access journal articles and other research publications but coming up against paywalls?

Use Primo to see if the library has provided subscription access. Plymouth University Library has extensive collections to help you get the materials you need for your assignments and research, however, if the library does not have a subscription to the journal you want, you can try searching for an open access version.

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both the users and the authors. 

While OA is a newer form of scholarly publishing, many OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards


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PEARL (Plymouth Electronic Archive & Research Library) is Plymouth Universitys research repository and provides open access to the full text of research outputs produced by Plymouth staff and PhD students. Resource guide