Open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields — it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research.

              — Open Letter to the US Congress signed by Nobel Prize winners

Wider Exposure and Increased Citation

Publishing in open access journals instead of in toll-access journals can help open up research to a wider audience by allowing readers free access and the right to redistribute published articles. Increased number of readers results an increased number of citations for the authors. Studies have shown a significant increase in citations when articles are made openly available.

Authors Retain Copyright

Copyright includes the bundle of rights authors have on their works. Transferring copyright to a publisher limits authors’ ability to disseminate the work. By retaining the copyright, authors can exercise all of their rights over their works. Copyright is one of the crucial issues a researcher needs to think about in publishing valuable research works.

Unlike traditional toll-access journals, open access journals do not acquire copyright of articles from authors, who retain full right on their articles. Some toll-access journals find this freely acquired copyright a mean of revenue generation for the life time of the journal. Research works, conducted by the researchers and sponsored in most cases from public fund, become a revenue (and profit as well for commercial publishers) generating tool for toll-access journals. In the open access channel, authors keep full copyright with them and provide the publishers to publish their articles under creative commons license.

Maximize Benefit of Valuable Research Works

Easy access to research works helps researchers of those fields across the world get benefitted and explore further on those issues. Therefore, the open access eventually maximizes the benefit of a research work, and such benefit is not restricted to people of a specific region.

Comply with Funding Criteria

More and more funding institutions of research projects are requiring that research outputs be made available on an open access basis. Publishing research works in an open access journal complies with such criterion of research grants.

Why Should Academic Institutions Promote Open Access Journals?

  • Supporting open access facilitates the process of advancing knowledge
  • Open access increases public visibility of the breadth of research done at the university.
  • Wider usage of open access can significantly reduce institutions expense for journal subscription, allowing more funds available for research projects
  • Open access provides all institutions full access to scholarly contents regardless of institution geographic location, size, ownership or budget.
  • Open access provides equal opportunity to all academic institutions that can enhance competitiveness among the institutions.
  • Open access helps Maximizing benefits of public funding in research projects.