Open Access


This week you might hear a lot about Open Access. It is Open Access Week all over the world.


What is Open Access anyway?

According to Wikipedia it “-refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g. access tolls) and free on many restrictions on use (e.g certain copyright and license restrictions).” Open Access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed research articles, theses, and even books and conference papers.

Open Access means that the author gives everyone the right to read, download, copy and distribute the work in digital form. It has been shown that your work will spread faster and will be cited more often when you publish with Open Access.

The main methods of Open Access are:

  • Green Open Access (Also known as Parallel publishing) means that the researcher, as soon as the publisher allows, can make the article freely available in full text on the Internet.
  • Gold Open Access means that the researcher publishes with an Open Access publisher. The article or the thesis is immediately- open and available on the Internet. Sometimes the publisher charges a fee.
  • Hybrid Open Access means that the article will be freely available immediately upon publication. This against a fee that the author needs to pay to the publisher.

Open Access is often shortened as OA.

Text: Tandis Talay