Open Access

Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is a mechanism by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers.

The current scholarship is behind a pay-wall and only those who can afford access can truly contribute to moving knowledge of a subject forward. Non-Open Access Academic journals can be very expensive, making scholarly research a costly undertaking for someone with a limited research budget. Open Access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it.

The aim of Open Access publishing is to make research information freely available on the Internet. A very important advantage of OA literature lies in spreading quickly around the world. OA publications are online publications available for:

  • reading
  • downloading
  • copying
  • spreading
  • printing
  • referencing
  • publishing
  • reuse.
Who benefit from open access?
The authors can publish their works for a very wide audience
The readers have can freely access research information
Education and research
Open access improves the accessibility of research information; and researchers and universities have the chance to spread their information to a wide audience.
Open access removes the financial issues of accessing expensive journals
The readership of the journals increases
Government, sponsors, citizens
The financed research information becomes available to all citizens.


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