Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Grades & Shades of OA



CUA hosted Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Geneva Henry, University Librarian from George Washington University today as keynote speakers on Open Access. Kevin B. Gunn, CUA Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services wrote about the presentation and conversation in his blog, Open Access and Faculty Acceptance.

Ms. Henry provided a succinct overview of a complicated topic and reminded us to know the grades – the spectrum – of open access models; and the shades of open access – Gold OA (delivered by journals) and Green OA (delivered by self-archiving in repositories.)

Open Access (book) by Peter Suber
Yes, it’s Open Access!


  • GOLD Open Access
  • Journals make articles available at the time of publication
  • A variety of payment models
  • Some gold journals are for profit, others are non-profit
  • GREEN Open Access
  • Repositories that make published articles openly available
  • University open access policies are green
  • Requires permission from publishers, but most permit green OA
  • Increased readership and more citations

For more on Gold OA & Green OA see Open Access by Peter Suber (section 3.1.)

Please join us for the next two events on Open Access!

Oct. 20 @ 4 pm—Institutional Repositories (Mullen Library, May Gallery)
Oct. 28 @ 6:30 pm—Scholarly Publishing & the Open Access Ecosystem (Busboys & Poets)

All events are free and open for everyone to attend!

— Kimberly Hoffman

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