Introduction to OA

Open access is at the height of discussion about scholarly change due to discontent with current research communication, including issues of access, impact, copyright, peer-review, preservation, assessment and journal subscription costs. The two pathways to open access, OA journals (“gold OA”) and OA repositories (“green OA”), both result in online, free access and use of academic articles, which should have a positive effect on the efficiency and reach of scholarly communication.

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