This guide is aimed at students and anyone looking for an introduction to open access. Researchers and authors can find more detailed information about open access publishing on our open access webpages.
Open access means that something is available freely, with no cost, to anyone with internet access.
This is important because it creates more equality in access to information and knowledge. Instead of requiring people to pay or have an institutional subscription in order to access research, open access makes the research freely available to everyone.
You might find open access material available directly via the publisher (sometimes called gold open access) or available through a repository or online archive (sometimes called green open access). Either way, the important thing is that the material will be available for you to access immediately and for free.
For readers, open access means:
For authors, open access means:
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