About Open Access

Open Access

Open Access is a way to publish scholarly information and make it available online to anyone in the world at no cost to the reader.

By making information freely available in this way, Open Access accelerates research and learning; furthermore, by reducing the barriers that restrict access to knowledge, Open Access maximises the opportunity for publications to be read and for authors to be recognised for their contribution in their chosen field and beyond.

Open Access also removes permission barriers: unrestricted use of all published material is made possible thanks to flexible intellectual property regulations for authors.

How it Works

The internet allows us to distribute knowledge more widely, more efficiency and at a lower cost than was previously possible. However, publishing still has costs that need to be covered – such as proof reading, copyediting, digital presentation and preservation, promotion and dissemination of your work, printing and express delivery of one hard copy of the publication sent directly to you.

With Open Access, authors (or their institutions or funders) pay an Article Processing Charge to cover these costs, ensuring their work is properly evaluated for quality and made easy to find, download and read.

Open Access publishing offers the same indexing, archiving, searching and linking capabilities that are part of conventional publishing.

Benefits of Open Access

Open Access makes knowledge available to all, without the barrier of affordability and without restrictions on using it to inform and develop related areas of research. It:

  • enables unrestricted use of knowledge for teaching, conference presentations and lectures.
  • offers authors enhanced visibility and offers the potential for greater usage of their work and higher impact.
  • brings new audiences to scholarly content, helping expand readership.
  • reduces the pressure on library budgets for purchasing books and journals and enables librarians to devote more time to connecting their users with high quality content.