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Open Access

A collection of open access (free) resources. Includes journals, ebooks, and primary sources.

Open Access Terms


Stands for Article Processing Charge. 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses "give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law.


The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. (Source: Wikipedia Article: Article Processing Charge)


Stands for Digital Object Identifier.  A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string that identifies content and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet. (Source: APA online style guide)


The suppression of full-text articles until the peak time for sales of the printed material has passed. (Source: EBSCO Connect)

Gold Open Access 

Gold open access involves publishing in an Open Access journal, which is available for free on the web and allows copies of the article to be archived elsewhere as well. An open access journal may charge an author (or another entity on their behalf) a fee called an article processing charge or APC to publish.  

Green Open Access 

Green open access is repository-based open access. Green OA models rely on institutions and authors to make works freely available in online repositories that may be managed by institutions. The author must obey by copyright and embargo. 


Data that provides information about other data. In the context of an institutional repository, metadata includes information that describes an individual article or creative work, such as author name, title, and year of publication. 


A persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that an individual author owns and controls, and that distinguishes that author from every other researcher. ORCID iDs can be connected with an individual's professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. ORCID iD's are free to set up and maintain. For more information visit: 

Open Access Repository (Or Institutional Repository) 

 An online repository that allows for the public distribution of scholarly work.   


This is the author's original manuscript which has been submitted to a journal. It has not been peer-reviewed, copy-edited, or formatted with page numbers or branded by the journal. Also called author's manuscript, original manuscript, first draft. (Source: Brock University Library)


An article which has undergone peer-review and been revised accordingly. Also known as the accepted author manuscript. (Source: Brock University Library)

Publisher’s final Version 

An article which has been peer-reviewed, copy-edited, proofread, paginated and fully formatted for publication.(Source: Brock University Library)

SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR) 

The SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR) is a centrally managed online digital repository that stores, indexes, and makes available scholarly and creative works of SUNY faculty, students, and staff across SUNY campuses. (Source: SOAR Staging Area)

Transformative Agreement

Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services. (Source: Plan S)