Open Access & Public Access

Open Access refers to both an idea and a movement that aim to make scholarly research articles and content freely available online. Open Access can be accomplished in a variety of ways:

  • Open Access journals make scholarly articles freely available to the public.
  • PDXScholar, the PSU digital repository, makes available scholarly works, similar to other online institutional and disciplinary repositories.
  • Data Management services are available to make data and other research products,  such as lab notebooks, open to the public.

The Open Access movement has resulted in institutional policies and mandates requiring authors to make their works open access. Some examples include:

Public Access

Public Access refers to federal policy initiatives that have directed federal funding agencies with an operating budget of more that $100M, to put into place plans to make freely available outputs from publicly funded research. An important distinction between Open Access and Public Access is that Public Access does not make freely and publicly available all scholarly work, but rather only those funded by particular agencies. Public access policies do not require final versions of research articles to be made available at the time they are published. Often, publicly accessible works are submitted versions of papers, and made available one year after publication.

For more information about Public Access, please see: