Open Science, Open Data, Open Scholarship and Open Access are all parts of the same move towards the liberalisation of information. Open Access (OA) is an international movement to make research publications freely available in order to stimulate further research. Any person who can connect to the internet can access OA material freely. The potential readership of OA articles exceeds that of articles where the full-text is restricted to subscribers.
Open access to research literature is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes OA possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder" Peter Suber, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication.
This guide is curated by librarians at UL and recommends a non-exhaustive range of open resources that will supplement the licensed content that the University provides to all its students and researchers.