Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions, thus ensuring that all readers have access to scholarship.
"Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent.
"But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue."
There are several reasons why it is advantageous to publish open access. The most common reasons are listed below:
There are two models to make your publications open access.
Watch this video by by Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen, with Jorge Cham from PHD Comics to give you a better understanding of open access.
Below is a listing of selected open access journals and publishers for your consideration. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
To find out how to evaluate journals, please see Journal Evaluation page.
Depositing your work in an open access repository is another way to share your research. Below are some selected repositories.
Do comply with copyright and licensing restrictions when uploading your published work (please see Copyright page).