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What is Open Access?

"By 'open access'... we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…". Source: The Budapest Open Access Initiative

“Open Access is free online access to the outputs of publicly funded research. This includes journal articles, conference papers, theses, reports, and any other outputs. Because the research is publicly funded, the principle is to make the results freely and readily available to all. Readers can then access the material and use it for their own teaching and research purposes”. Source JISC

Discover more about Open Access, including approaches, types, and the benefits of Open Access.

Other Open Access resources:

Public Library of Science (PLoS) 
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) 
SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Open Access Explained - Video

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