About Open Access
Open access enables scientific research papers to be published online and made accessible to anyone with no restrictions and at no cost. By making information freely available in this way, Open Access accelerates research and learning. At the same time, it increases the visibility, usage and impact of authors' work. This publishing model also removes permission barriers: unrestricted use of all published material is made possible thanks to flexible intellectual property regulations for authors.
How It Works
Open access to research implies that the published scientific papers are in a digital format, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
However, publishing still has costs that need to be covered. These include publishing and review process coordination, English language proof-reading and corrections, typesetting, Author and Editor support, indexing and archiving, promotional activities, online publishing technology, digital presentation and preservation, promotion and dissemination of your work, printing and express delivery of one hard copy of the publication which is sent directly to the contributing Editors and Authors.
For a publisher to sustain Open Access to all of its publications, it is necessary to defray the editorial and production costs by collecting Article Processing Charges (APC) from Authors' institutes or research funding bodies.
Open access publishing offers the same indexing, archiving, searching and linking capabilities that are a 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 the unrestricted use of knowledge for teaching, conference presentations and lectures.
- Offers authors enhanced visibility and 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.