Open Access

Open access refers to free, unrestricted online access to content.

There are two main paths to open access:

  • Publishing in an open access journal, which makes its contents freely and immediately available online. This is often referred to as gold open access, partly because some open access journals charge article processing fees to publish.
  • Publishing in a subscription-based journal and then depositing a copy of the article in a subject or institutional repository, such as the Brock Digital Repository. This is called green open access and does not involve any fees.

Open Access Support

Brock Digital Repository

An online Open Access archive showcasing and preserving the Brock community’s scholarly output.

Add your work to the repository:

OA Publishing Fund and publisher memberships

The Library has made $15,000 available to assist researchers who want to publish in an Open Access journal. Article-processing fees are also discounted/covered for publishers including MDPI, Open Library of the Humanities, SAGE, and NRC Press.

Scholarly Journals at Brock

The Library supports several Open Access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals

Open Access Databases

The Library maintains a collection of open access databases that are freely available.

Learn More


Contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian, for more information.