Reasons for Open Access
Open Access refers to accessiblity of scientific information, free of charge: This information includes articles in journals, books, educational resources, research data and cultural heritage. Open Access Publications are generally published with an open licence (e.g. Creative Commons Licence): i.e. copyrights remain with the author, but the publication can ideally be used and shared without any restrictions.
- Open Access allows for research findings to be accessible and usable globally - it only takes an internet connection.
- Open Access increases the visibility of your work and as such the impact your publication has within and outside of the scientific community.
- Open Access in many cases enables the use of your research findings for economic, political, cultural and societal reasons.
- Open Access fosters cooperation, research and innovation locally and internationally.
Open Access Strategies
There commonly are two Open Access strategies being distinguished:
- Primary Open Access publishing (gold road): Athors publish in an Open Access journal, or with an Open Access publisher. The publication will be available worldwide, free of charge to all internet users. Costs are being paid by the author via third-party funds or institutional publication funds. There exist several business models in terms of financing Open Access publications.
- Additional Open Access publishing (green road): Authors publish in a conventional way, i.e. in a journal or book, that requires payments and aditionally deposit their work - if necessary after an embargo period - on a subject specific or institutional repository such as LORY. The additional, secondary publication is free of charge but demands a legal assessment on the permissibility of the secondary publication. In this context the database Sherpa/Romeo provides information on the copyright policies of several publishers and journals.
Open Access publications are findable via common research tools, such as Google, Google Scholar, library catalogues e.g. iluplus, scientific data bases e.g. Web of Science or Scopus and specialized search engines, such as BASE, CORE or OAlster.
Additional information is available on the information platform Open Access.