What Is Open Access?
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge,
"By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public Internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…"
The open access movement promotes the practice that scholarly research is made available online without prohibitively high subscription costs and stringent copyright and licensing restrictions. It facilitates quicker and broader dissemination of knowledge by removing the price and permission barriers to research outcomes.
Open access is compatible with features of traditional publishing such as peer review, journal prestige, and researchers' career advancement. It also offers many advantages, including:
- Quicker publishing time
- Enhanced discoverability through search engines
- Increased readership
- Increased citations
- Availability of download statistics