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Defining Open Access

Open Access PLoS

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."
-- excerpt from Peter Suber's Open Access Overview

Image: By art designer at PLoS, made available under CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Benefits of Open Access

There are many benefits associated with the open access model.

  • OA makes it easier for researchers to reach their entire audience
  • OA makes scholarly work easier for other researchers to discover
  • Institutions and their students benefit by gaining access to materials they might have otherwise been unable to afford.
  • The public gains access to information that would otherwise remain inaccessible to those without subscriptions.
  •  Funding agencies (and often times, tax payers) see a better return on their investmen


Open Access Explained

Open Access Explained! by PHD TV made available under CC-BY 3.0 license.