What is Open Access?
Quoting from the OASIS website:
"Open Access is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs without the severe restrictions on use commonly imposed by publisher copyright agreements. It is definitely not vanity publishing or self-publishing, nor about the literature that scholars might normally expect to be paid for, such as books for which they hope to earn royalty payments. It concerns the outputs that scholars normally give away free to be published – peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and datasets of various kinds."
More information on Open Access:
- The Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) at http://www.openoasis.org/ and Open Access Week athttp://www.openaccessweek.org provide a lot of information for better understanding of OA.
- A brief summary of OA
- OA information for Researchers and what University Faculties can do to promote OA
- OA information for publishers
- OA information for librarians; educational materials about OA and what librarians can do to promote OA
- OA information for administrators and policy-makers and what Universities and Administrators can do to promote OA
- OA information for students
- OA information for the public
Advantages of Open Access include:
- Open Access brings greater visibility and impact
- OA moves research along faster
- OA enables better management and assessment of research
- OA provides the material on which the new semantic web tools for data-mining and text-mining can work, generating new knowledge from existing findings
- OA provides access to the world’s research output, free of financial and other restrictions – a level playing field
- OA incorporates local research into interoperable network of global knowledge;
- OA increases impact of local research, providing new contacts and research partnerships for authors; removes professional isolation
- OA can strengthen economies through the development of a strong and independent national and international science base."