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. This means that your research findings and publications will be accessible to the scholarly community and the larger public as they can freely read and download your research publications.
There are several reasons why it is advantageous to publish open access;
There are two models to make your publications open access:
NOTE: If you are considering to publish gold OA, please check that you have funding in place before submitting your manuscript to the journal. You would not want to be in the situation where you have unknowingly submitted your article to a fully OA journal but do not have the funds to pay the APCs when your article has been accepted. Publication fees in journals are generally classified under fundable items by most research grants, so please perform some due diligence when selecting journals. Refer to our journal selection guide for more tips on this.