What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) literature is:
- free of charge, and
- free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
HowOpenIsIt? describes the open access spectrum.
There are two major approaches to OA:
- Green: publishing in traditional journals and archiving in open access repositories, such as eScholarship, arXiv, and SSRN
- Gold: publishing in open access journals
OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.
Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, software, online education, and other formats as well.
Source: Open Access Overview by Peter Suber
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