What is Open Access?
- Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
- OA removes price barriers and permission barriers
- The Public Library of Science shorthand definition —"free availability and unrestricted use"— succinctly captures both elements.
What are the benefits to Open Access?
- Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
- Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
- Improved education. Open access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world. (From the Public Library of Science)
Open Access 101 (Video 3:20)