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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 Henry Madden 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

Open Access Publishing Fund

The Madden Library's Open Access Publishing Fund provides limited funding to support publication fees for Fresno State authors. Visit this web page for full details.

Publisher agreements

  • The CSU and Elsevier have an agreement, through the end of 2024, which includes Open Access publishing fees for Fresno State authors in Elsevier's hybrid journals. If you are corresponding author on a paper in one of these journals, you will have the option to choose Open Access at no cost to you. See more details here.
  • Fresno State participates in MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program. Fresno State authors who publish into MDPI's Open Access journals receive reduced APCs.

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).