What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) scholarly resources are free-of-charge and available online, per author permission. Fair use is applicable, including using a resource or portion thereof for scholarship, teaching, news reporting, archiving, and critiquing. Similarities with conventional publishing include peer review and citation metrics. Reasons for OA:
- Maximize research investments
- Maximize exposure of research results
- Maximize research across available literature
- Facilitate the growth of scholarship
Two "roads" to OA publishing: green and gold
- Green OA
Self-archiving peer-reviewed research online, on a publicly accessible website
- Institutional repositories exist
- OAI-compliant e-print archives are interoperable
- Self-archived documents can be aggregated worldwide via such platforms as OAIster (hosted by OCLC since 2010)
- Gold OA
- Publishing in journals specifically geared toward OA
- Archiving by publisher
- Measurable citation impacts
- Authors may have to pay fee
Green and Gold OA are not mutually exclusive. SpringerOpen and Wiley Online Open, for example, endorse self-archiving of submitted papers.
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