This week there will be a lot of focus on the 10th International Open Access week. This years theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.
What is Open Access?
According to Wikipedia it refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access. Mainly it is a matter of scientific articles and theses but books, research data and meta data can also be included.
To have free access to scientific information means that the author gives everyone the right to read, download, copy and distribute the work in digital form. It has been proved that if you publish your work with Open Access, it will spread faster and is cited more often.
The main methods of Open Access are:
- Green Open Access or self-archiving as it is sometimes called. It means that the researcher, as soon as the publisher allows can make a refereed and published publication freely available in full text on the Internet.
- Gold Open Access means that the researcher publishes her/himself on an Open Access publisher. The article or the thesis will then be immediately open and available on the Internet. Sometimes it happens that the publisher charges a fee for this.
- Hybird Open Access means that articles will be freely available immediately upon publication. The author hase to pay a fee for this.
Text and picture: Tandis Talay