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Scholarly Communication: Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is academic literature that is free to read and often has various re-use rights. Research can be Open Access through publishing or archiving.

Open Access has the same standards of peer review, copyright, quality, prestige, and research impact as traditional publishing, but is free to read.

Why should I make my research Open Access?

There are a number of benefits from either publishing your work Open Access or archiving it:

  • Open Access publications have proven potential for greater citation
  • Research is more discoverable
  • Rapid publication
  • Authors keep their copyright
  • Taxpayers get access to tax-funded research
  • Helps to eliminate inequalities in access to research
  • Federal funders require Open Access

How do I participate in Open Access?

You can participate in Open Access either by archiving your research in a repository or publishing in an Open Access journal.

Archiving in a repository - You can archive your research in DigitalFGCU or a disciplinary repository. Archiving is free and allows you to make your work freely available without changing how, where, and why you publish. The majority of publishers allow you to archive the submitted or accepted versions of your articles.

Publishing Open Access - By publishing in an Open Access your research will become freely available immediately and typically you'll retain your full copyright. There are 9,000 peer-reviewed journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Open Access Explained!

Open Access Myths

Myth #1: Publishing Open Access is the only Open Access
You can participate in Open Access in two ways: publishing Open Access or archiving your research. 

Myth #2: You're paying to publish
Open Access journals operate on a different funding model. It is not vanity publishing. The "article processing charge" business model shifts the cost and makes the content available to everyone.

Myth #3: All Open Access journals charge fees
The majority of Open Access journals do not charge fees. 60% of journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals do not charge an article processing charge to the author. 

Myth #4: Open Access journals are low in quality
Open Access journals have the same standards of peer review, copyright, quality, prestige, and research impact.

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Learn more about publishing your research Open Access or archiving your research.