Welcome to the University of Utah Open Research Policy Information Page: What is Open Research?

This guide provides a basic overview of open research and covers the practicalities of having an open research policy at the University of Utah

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Open research is research conducted in the spirit of free and open source software. If the research is scientific in nature it is frequently referred to as open science; open research can also include social sciences and the humanities...


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"What is an open repository?" I said, "You mean, in contrast to a closed one? ... It's a repository that's open for everyone. Think of it like a public library, but no card is required." --Jim Downing, 2007 http://praxis101.com/blog/archives/000095.html

Public Access vs. Open Access

Public Access means free to read but not free to reuse without consulting copyright holder. 

Open Access refers to the combination of free to read plus free to reuse.

For more details, see the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences & Humanities 


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Public Access Repositories at the U

There are at least 31 repositories on campus that provide free-to-read access (full list below). Here are three examples.

Full List of U of U Public Access Repositories

Marriott Library Eccles Library Quinney Law Library