Open access (OA) publication provides free, open, online access to journal articles, and other scholarly outputs including conference papers, theses, monographs and book chapters.
Open access publication aims to accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and enrich education by facilitating the worldwide communication of research and scholarship.
Open access shifts the costs of publishing so that the reader can obtain the content at no cost.
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For researchers: OA provides free online access to peer-reviewed research. You are not limited by your institution’s subscriptions to a defined group of journals.
For universities: OA increases public visibility of research being undertaken at the university as it facilitates and reveals research activity, knowledge-sharing, and innovation.
The "Why open access" diagram below provides an excellent visual representation of the benefits of Open Access.
Image by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown.
Authors interested in knowing more about the Open Access movement will find Kylie Pappalardo’s Understanding Open Access in the academic environment: A guide for authors informative and useful. Pappalardo outlines the principles of Open Access and describes how Open Access emphasises the author’s legal rights. The benefits to dissemination and citation rates and to academic reputation are also explained.