Open Access

Topics in Scholarly Communication: Open Access

Why should we care?


Everyone, everywhere, everything benefits!

Authors: 

  • Your research is easier to access. 
  • It's read more.
  • It's cited more.

Researchers: 

  • Can access more information.
  • Timely access to the newest research.
  • Better access to information, more informed research, better research. 

Students:

  • Can access research to master their field no matter what university or institute they attend. 

Libraries:

  • Can provide access to articles and journals without being hamstrung by journal pricing. 

People:

  • Better access to information. 
  • More informed doctors, teachers, journalists, etc. 
  • Better informed individuals. 

Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact

Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals