Skip to Main Content
Login to LibApps


Scholarly Communication

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, open access, copyright, author rights, and digital archiving.

Open Access as a Part of Scholarly Communication

Open Access is devoted to the online, free, and unrestricted availability of scholarly information, including  scholarly articles, open science, open data, and open education. Open access frees the research process for quicker dissemination and rapid discovery.

Open access affects the full scholarship cycle of scholarly communication, such as:

  • permitting greater access to resources supporting research, through open access publishing and repositories.
  • allowing  text or data mining activities.
  • many funding agencies have policies requiring open access to articles resulting from their funding.

Open Access is a vital component of scholarly communication and influences all components of scholarly communications, such as copyright, author rights, and publishing. For an in-depth analysis and exploration of open access, consult the library guide.

Open Access Explained

The Impact of Open Access

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.