Why is Open Access important?

Open Access (OA) literature benefits many groups:

  • Authors: OA gives them a worldwide audience and increases the visibility of their work.
  • Readers: OA gives them barrier-free access to the literature they need for their research. This particularly assists people in developing countries and less wealthy institutions.
  • Teachers and students: OA allows teachers to bring current research into the classroom.
  • Libraries: OA addresses the problem of the rising cost of journal subscriptions.
  • Universities: OA increases the visibility of their researchers and their research, reduces their expenditure on journals, and advances their mission to share knowledge.
  • Public: OA provides taxpayers with free access to the results of research they helped fund.