Open Access (OA)
Peter Suber, one of the founders of the open access movement, defines open access as follows: "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
(adapted from "A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access" by Peter Suber”)
OA saves you money through providing free access to research output such as journal articles, conference papers, data sets, and more.
" If your work is behind a paywall then give the library a call, make Open Access a part of your practice and research benefits overall!"
~ Carly Lightfoot
Benefits of Open Access
There are many benefits to Open Access publishing. By making your work freely available online, anyone can read work. This can help raise the visibility of your publication and allow the public to benefit from your research.
Reasons for publishing Open Access
There are two models of Open Access, Gold and Green.
Gold Open Access: It means, articles are available for reader without charge. However, Pre- Publication cost might be still applied. The Golden open Access break down into two categories, based one whether there is a Pre- publication charge which is often called "Article Processing Charge, APC"
Green Open Access: "Green open access is repository-based open access. Green OA models are agnostic about publisher open access behaviors, relying instead on institutions and authors to take steps to make otherwise toll-access works freely available in online repositories that may be (and often are) managed by institutions. In essence, successful green open access requires: the right to share a given scholarly output, a copy of it, the motivation to share it, and a location for sharing it (i.e., a repository)."
Debunking some OA myths
Open access journals are not peer reviewed.
Open access journals are of poorer quality than traditional, subscription-based journals.
Open access articles are not copyrighted.
Open access is just a passing fad.
Open access only helps readers, not authors.
From Ben Mudrak's white paper: Open Access Publishing: Five Myths