What is Open Access?
Open Access is unrestricted, on-line access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research. OA literature is free to access including for those who do not have personal or institutional subscriptions to journals, and free from most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. (See Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview).
What are the key terms I should be aware of?
See the glossary on this site.
Why should I make my article open access?
- HEFCE policy requires journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN to be deposited in a compliant open access repository, within 3 months of the date of acceptance – failure to do this will make research ineligible for the next REF.
- It benefits authors by making your work easily accessible and therefore more likely to be read and cited by people who do not have access via personal or institutional subscriptions to journals
- It benefits society by making research available to all, and is not dependent on the ability to subscribe to the journal or pay or download particular papers
- It makes notoriously elusive items such as some conference papers and posters, unpublished works and out of print items easy to obtain.
- It benefits the University by publicising its research
- Many major funding bodies now require that research outputs produced as a result of their funding are made available open access. These include all UK Research Councils, NIH, EU, Wellcome Trust.
Where can I read more about Open Access?
http://www.eprints.org/openaccess/self-faq/#self-archiving offers some good summary definitions. Alternatively – see this site’s section ‘What is Open Access?‘