Open access provides free public online access to research literature and other scholarly works. Open access shifts the costs of publishing so that the reader can access content at no costThere are many approaches to open access, and although none are cost-free, many significantly reduce distribution costs while maintaining high levels of rigor and quality and simultaneously increasing research access and visibility. While open access tends to focus on journal literature, some academics also explore options for making their monograph publications freely publicly available.
There are three basic types of open access publishing:
Some organizations that fund research strongly encourage or require that published results be made openly available. For example, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanitities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) are three funding agencies that established the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy of Publications. This policy requires researchers to provide open access to peer-reviewed articles funded by these agencies within 12 months of publication.
The following resources offer incentives to RRU researchers for publishing OA:
In his book "Open Access", Peter Suber (2012) explained the myths and misconceptions about open access. Please see the list below for a summary of the myths and click on the linked information to access explanations and more information from the relevant pages in his book.
It is a myth that open access:
Authors are choosing to make their work available on open access because:
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