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Open Access

SUNY Plattsburgh's Open Access Policy defines Open Access (OA) as "the free availability of scholarly literature on the public internet, permitting users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles for any lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet."

Plattsburgh faculty are encouraged to make their scholarly and creative work available by submitting it to the SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR).

SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR)

The SUNY Open Access Repository is an online digital repository that stores, indexes, and makes available scholarly and creative works of SUNY faculty, students, and staff across SUNY campuses.

Faculty may submit their own work for inclusion in SOAR at any time.

Submit to SOAR now!


If you are teaching a course in which the students are creating material with scholarly worth --- posters, papers, or other forms --- contact librarian Malina Thiede to discuss adding your class's work.

Open Access for Researchers

Open Access research is freely available to anyone. Some materials can be found by searching on search engines such as Google Scholar which also has links to paywalled items, but there are also dedicated open access repositories such as:

Please see our Open Access Research Guide for more information.