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Copyright Basics for GW: Open Access

Open Access Defined

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.

 -- Peter Suber

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

Publisher Policies

To research publisher copyright and self-archiving policies, visit Sherpa/Romeo or rchivit.

Open Access Explained

Why is Open Access Important?


GW Open Access

Learn more about Open Access at GW!  Got questions? Contact us

GW ScholarSpace

GW ScholarSpace

As the George Washington University’s institutional repository, GW ScholarSpace provides free, public access, broad visibility, and long-term preservation for the research and scholarly works created by GW’s faculty, staff and students.

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