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Copyright and Open Access

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OA and You

OA and You

Whether you're a scholar, a student, a university administrator, or a member of library staff, in this section and its subpages, you'll find  ideas to consider and actions to take to make OA viable in your research, publishing, service, funding, and work.

8 things you can do to support Open

1. Deposit your work in W&M ScholarWorks.

2. Publish your work in Open Access journals.

3. Choose Creative Commons licenses for your research work and teaching materials. 

4. Encourage your colleagues to share their work openly.

5. Volunteer as a reviewer or editor for an Open Access journal in your field.

6. Start the Open Access conversation with your favorite subscription journal. 


Credit to the University of Pittsburgh Libraries for the original version of this OA and You research guide.

How Open Access Empowered a 16-Year-Old to Make a Cancer Breakthrough

NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins interviews Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old inventor of a breakthrough cancer diagnostic and winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Courtesy of the Right to Research Coalition.

Accelerating Impact: Real-World Applications of Open Access

Courtesy of ASAP Accelerating Science Awards Program and YouTube