Open Access Policy
Open Access is a publishing representation which allows readers to access scientific publications online free of charge. Open Access removes price and agreement barriers: there are no subscription fees, and unlimited use of all published material is made possible gratitude to flexible intellectual property laws for authors.
By removing access barriers typical of traditional publishing models, Open Access accelerates research and learning and enables the distribution of knowledge on a global level. Knowledge is a inheritance that should be freely available to everybody.
In this model, the publication costs are usually covered by the author’s institution or research funds. These open access charges replace subscription charges and allow the publishers to make the published material freely available to all interested online readers. At the same time, authors who publish in open access journals retain the copyright of their article.
Open access journals are no special from traditional subscription-based journals; they undergo the same peer-review and quality control as any other scholarly journal. Moreover, open access allows for maximum visibility, uptake and use of the available material.
Benefits of Open Access
Open access publishing provides many benefits for researchers, institutions as well as society as a whole. It ensures large visibility, usage and impact for the work of the researches. Open access publishing increase significantly the speed of the publication process. Open access publishing makes the research much more useful because papers published by open access journals are not only read by more people but also cited more often. Open access journals provide much wider spread of the research works giving worldwide, barrier-free access to all scientific community.
The scientific community benefits from Open Access. Comprehensive, fast and efficient research cycles allow scholars to make progress in their careers more effectively thanks to immediate access to new research materials, findings and the latest scientific developments.
At the same time, by providing an information-sharing framework where readers can refer to, distribute or display the work of others, Open Access contributes to the wider dissemination, increased usage and impact of researchers’ work.
Open Access brings increased visibility to institutions that fund and supervise research. Universities, institutes, foundations, national funds for scientific research and government agencies all benefit from the increased visibility and higher citation rates of funded projects. Moreover, unrestricted use of and immediate access to free research literature provides a great resource for teaching, conference presentations and lectures, and thus both teaching staff and students benefit highly from it.
Finally, since they are able to connect readers to relevant content and expand their catalogs at no cost, libraries are likely to profit from the favorable opportunities offered by Open Access publishing.