Open access (OA) allows for free and immediate online access to scholarly works that anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or share. OA differs from traditional pay-to-read subscription models that are traditionally paid for by libraries.
OA publishing comes with several advantages: it removes access barriers for the research community and beyond, and it also gives the authors more exposure and a wider reach. Authors may choose to publish under a Creative Commons license that specifies how readers may use their articles.
OA using a Creative Commons license also means that readers are often allowed to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works in accordance with the license terms — as long as the original source is acknowledged and cited.
Learn more about open access at openaccess.en