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Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 40

What is Open Access?

Put simply, Open Access means free and consistent access to information online.

Open Access journals (like these) do not have subscriptions, but offer scholarly work to anybody with access to a computer. Open Access journals are peer-reviewed and edited exactly like any academic journal. They only differ in the way they distribute the work they publish.

Another possible route to Open Access: authors publish their work in traditional subscription-based journals, but after a period of time, make sure a digital copy is put online in a personal or institutional repository that anyone can search and read. A directory of open access repositories can be found here.

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