About Open Access

Open access contributes to scientific excellence and integrity. It opens up research results to wider analysis. It allows research results to be reused for new discoveries. And it enables the multi-disciplinary research that is needed to solve global 21st century problems. Open access connects science with society. It allows the public to engage with research. To go behind the headlines. And look at the scientific evidence. And it enables policy makers to draw on innovative solutions to societal challenges.

- Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation at the STM Annual Frankfurt Conference, October 2016.

InTechOpen’s dedication in the promotion of Open Access publishing is more than a decade strong, with a goal to remove the barriers that prevent free access to scientific content. We have worked hard to show how Open Access is beneficial not only at a global level, but for each researcher individually.

InTechOpen has 3,322 Open Access books published, which is the world’s largest Open Access book collection. This number translates to 46,636 scientific chapters - openly available worldwide for other researchers to read, download, share, reuse and serve as inspiration for new, potentially groundbreaking discoveries.

Benefits of Open Access

Open Access makes knowledge available to all, without the barrier of affordability and without restrictions on using this knowledge to inform and further develop areas of research.

  • We utilize licenses that allow researchers to retain copyright of their work and encourage the further development of research, as authors will never have to pay permission fees and can adapt, use, and further build upon the published content. This unrestricted use of knowledge offers authors enhanced visibility and higher impact.
  • With 113 million registered downloads, anyone with access to an Internet connection can engage with InTechOpen published content, bringing new audiences to scholarly content and expanding readership.
  • Having all of our content freely available helps reduce the pressure on library budgets for purchasing book and journals and enables librarians to devote more time to connecting their users with high quality content.

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.

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 Charge (APC) from Authors' institutions or research funding bodies.

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