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Open Access Publishing

Facts about 'Open Access' publishing

Available to all

Open Access is open and free for everyone. It makes available research results to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping those results hidden behind subscription paid access to journals. 

Peer reviewed

The focus of Open Access is to provide access to peer reviewed research articles.

You can check the peer-reviewed status of an Open Access (OA) journal by searching the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals

OA affects citation rates

Recent studies have begun to show that open access increases impact. View a bibliography of studies about the effect of open access and downloads ('hits') on citation impact.

Benefits of open access publishing


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The Benefits of Open Access (OA) publishing 

      Publically funded research is made available to the public.

     Allows research results to be shared more easily and quickly, and by a wider audience.

     Brings increased visibility of researcher's work and greater impact.

   Allows research institutions to showcase their research output.

A global trend

Open access publishing has become a global trend. Many universities, research institutes and funding bodies have introduced their open access mandates or policies that require or recommend their faculty and researchers to make their scholarly output available for open access. 

ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies) is a voluntary self-registering service that provides information on the universities, research centers, and more that have a mandate to make research OA. 

Articles, videos & more on Open Access

Organizations involved in OA

  • SPARC®, (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an international alliance of nearly 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Find out more about SPARC
  • OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) Provides general information on a list of OASPA case studies that highlight various OA publishing ventures and initiatives.