May 27, 2022

Authors Alliance Releases “Guide to Understanding Open Access” (Free, Full Text)

Info about a new resource that was made available last week.

From the Authors Alliance:

We are happy to announce the release of our Guide to Understanding Open Access—the second in our series of educational handbooks for authors. Building on the success of our Guide to Understanding Rights Reversion, which landed in browsers and on bookshelves earlier this year, our new book provides the most up-to-date information about when, why, and how to make your work openly accessible.


We currently have a free online version available for download, with professionally printed copies on the way for those who prefer a hard copy reference


Guide to Understanding Open Access: When, Why, & How to Make Your Work Openly Accessible


Prepared for the Authors Alliance by:

Lexi Rubow

Rachael Shen

Brianna Schofield

Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic


Authors Alliance

From Chapter One

This guide will help you determine whether open access is right for you and your work and, if so, how to make your work openly accessible. This primer on open access explains what “open access” means, addresses common concerns and misconceptions you may have about open access, and provides you with practical
steps to take if you wish to make your work openly accessible.

• Learn more about open access and related options
Comply with an open access policy from an employer or funding agency
• Select the terms on which you would like to make a work openly accessible
• Publish a work with an open access publisher
• Make a work openly accessible on a personal or group website
• Deposit a work in an open access repository
• Negotiate with a conventional publisher to make a
work openly accessible
•And much more

Direct to Full Text Guide (140 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.