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Open Access

This guide provides an introduction to Open Access, "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment."

Open Access at Fresno State

The Library encourages you make your publications available through Open Access if you can. We have programs available to support Gold and Green pathways to Open Access.

Support for Gold Open Access

Publisher agreements

Finding Open Access journals

If you need help finding Open Access journals in your field...

Support for Green Open Access


ScholarWorks is the CSU's Open Access repository for research, scholarship, creative work, teaching materials, datasets, and student dissertations and theses. If you are publishing in a subscription journal and their self archiving or Green OA policy allows deposit in an institutional repository, you can contribute the appropriate version to ScholarWorks.

  • If you have trouble finding or interpreting your publisher's self archiving or Green OA policy, librarians will be happy to help!
  • Be sure to hold on to the submitted and accepted versions of your manuscripts, as these are often the versions that can be self archived!

See Information for ScholarWorks Contributors for more details.

Participation at Fresno State

Fresno State Open Access participationHow much of Fresno State's research and scholarship is available Open Access? One way to get an idea is to look at articles indexed in the Web of Science database. Of articles that involve Fresno State authors (the blue area), about half are Open Access (the gold area). A large part of the Open Access articles are associated with the ATLAS Collaboration (the gray area).