Open Access publishing promotes the sharing of research freely and openly to all readers through unrestricted access to publications, principally journal articles and conference papers, on the internet.

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Benefits for researchers

  • Outputs available on an Open Access basis have a citation advantage over those available only in toll-based publications (for further details, see this list of publications on "The Open Access Citation Advantage: Summary of results of studies").
  • More and more funders of research are requiring that outputs arising from research they fund be made available on an Open Access basis - not to comply might jeopardise future grant applications.
  • The more outputs available on an Open Access basis, the less frustration you will experience in finding details of articles that look interesting, but to which your institution does not subscribe (even the most well-funded academic libraries cannot subscribe to every academic journal).
  • The greater availability of your outputs provided by Open Access increases the possibilities of your research being found and new research collaborations being formed.
  • Greater opportunity to do more with your own research outputs (traditional publishing often requires you to sign away all copyright in your outputs, limiting what you can do with them).

Benefits for readers

  • Greater access to research findings without the often prohibitive costs associated with traditional publishing (e.g. charges in excess of $30 or more for a single journal article).
  • No requirement for passwords or other forms of authentication.
  • Greater access to academic research findings for those researchers, academic and professional, who work outside academia (or in smaller institutions) who would not otherwise have straightforward access to those findings.
  • Ensuring that those who actually provide the money for publicly-funded research (i.e. tax-payers) have access to the outputs they have funded.

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