Open Access is devoted to the online, free, and unrestricted availability of scholarly information, including scholarly articles, open science, open data, and open education. Open access frees the research process for quicker dissemination and rapid discovery.
Open access affects the full scholarship cycle of scholarly communication, such as:
- permitting greater access to resources supporting research, through open access publishing and repositories.
- allowing text or data mining activities.
- many funding agencies have policies requiring open access to articles resulting from their funding.
Open Access is a vital component of scholarly communication and influences all components of scholarly communications, such as copyright, author rights, and publishing. For an in-depth analysis and exploration of open access, consult the library guide.