What is open access?
Open access (OA) is an international movement that widens access to scholarly research.
It provides immediate, permanent, and free access to scholarly research published online so that anyone, anywhere, can read and build upon the research.
An article or research output is considered ‘open access’ when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for, and search within the information. Open access material can also be reused under the terms and conditions of its specific license.
Unlike the traditional ‘pay to read’ publishing model, the open access ‘pay to publish’ model allows readers to access scholarly information without having to pay a subscription fee.
Instead, when an author chooses to publish an article open access, they may be required to pay an article processing charge (APC) depending on the type of open access publication they choose to publish with.
Plus, authors can choose to publish open access for free by publishing their work in an online repository.