You’re researching a topic in Google Scholar. You find a great article, click on the link, and end at a publisher’s website asking for $25 before you can view the article.
While your first course of action should be to check local holdings through the Murphy Library website and explore the fabulous interlibrary loan/document delivery service we have at UWL, wouldn’t it just be easier to get access to the article wherever you find it for free?
What you need to know about Open Access
The open access movement aims to unlock scientific and scholarly research, making it freely available to all immediately after publication.
A Look at the Diverse Paths Change is Taking (Case studies with scholars in various disciplines)
While depositing pre- or post-prints of scholarship in MINDS@UW or another repository is considered "green" open access, publishing your scholarship in an open access journal is considered "gold" open access. While not all gold open access journals require author fees, many do charge fees in order to sustain their business model. Unfortunately, many fly-by-night fledging publishers may sense an opportunity to scam scholars; these publishers are considered predatory.
How can you make sure that your publisher is not predatory?
Control Your Copyright (from UW-Madison Libraries Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing)
Important information about how you can retain copyright to your scholarly work, including sample contracts and addenda.
Journal Cost-Effectiveness Database
Use this database to see if the journal to which you're thinking of submitting a manuscript is cost-effective.
The High Cost of Scholarly Journals (and What to Do About It)
Published article from Change magazine by Richard Edwards and David Shulenburger.
A resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication.
Project RoMEO (Rights MEtadata for Open Archiving)
Self-archiving terms from many publishers.
Luckily, The UW System has an open access repository designed to store, index, distribute, and preserve the digital materials of the University of Wisconsin.