Open Access

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Why should we care?

Everyone, everywhere, everything benefits!


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


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


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


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


  • 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

OA Stories from MIT Libraries