Some things to know about open access

Open Access is a popular topic in the publishing world. We will be doing a series of posts on this topic in the coming months.

Today’s post will be some general information about open access, including key terms and some links.

What do we mean by open access?

“By ‘open access’ to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

– Budapest Open Access Initiative

What are the types of open access?

Gold: “pay to publish”

  • article is freely accessible online immediately after publishing
  • authors, funders, or institutions pay an article publication charge

Green: “self-archiving”

  • article deposited in institution or subject repository by the author

What are some benefits of open access?

  • Efficiency and speed: articles published via open access are peer reviewed. Decisions are made swiftly and there is often no need for time consuming formatting changes.
  • Visibility: open access articles appear in a variety of Wiley search platforms and are easily accessible to readers.
  • Compliance with open access mandates: our journals allow authors to retain copyrights and publish under Creative Commons License, thus adhering with various mandates.

Where can you get more information on open access? 

  • Results of our 2013 author survey on open access 
  • Wiley Open Access : This site has a plethora of information including open access policies, a browsing tool for open access journals, and an informative FAQ page. There is also a section of information specifically for societies, authors, or institution & funders.
  • @WileyExchanges: a Twitter-feed that complies relevant links for authors, including Open Access articles and tips, SEO guidelines, some great links to open access information and other .

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