The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) defines open access as “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.”
Open access is sometimes regarded as low-quality or the outcome of self- or vanity-publishing. Though some journals engage in "predatory" practices including exorbitant submission fees and inadequate review standards, the open access movement is much larger than these predatory journals and many OA journals have rigorous standards and high impact factors.
Some articles on Google Scholar may be freely available either from the publisher or through a repository. You can also connect Google Scholar to the UCA Library databases. Learn more about using Google Scholar from the Library blog posts below: