What is Open Access?

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Our current system for communicating research uses a print-based model in the digital age. Even though research is largely produced with public dollars by researchers who share it freely, the results are hidden behind technical, legal, and financial barriers. These artificial barriers are maintained by legacy publishers and restrict access to a small fraction of users, locking out most of the world’s population and preventing the use of new research techniques.

This fundamental mismatch between what is possible with digital technology—an open system for communicating research results in which anyone, anywhere can contribute—and our outdated publishing system has led to the call for Open Access.

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research.




Cultural AnthropologyOpens in new window

DOAJOpens in new window   Directory of Open Access Journals

FrontierOpens in new window   Open Access Scientific Journals

OASPAOpens in new window   Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

OAJSEOpens in new window   Open Access Journals Search Engine

Open Access DirectoryOpens in new window

OpenAccessJournalsOpens in new window   unrestricted access to scientific literature

Open Access Spectrum Evaluation ToolOpens in new window   this tool quantitatively scores journals' degrees of openness

PLOSOpens in new window   The latest scientific research available to anyone, anywhere, anytime

SPARC   Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition