Research:Open Access

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Open Access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings, and increasingly also book chapters or monographs.[1] OA can be provided in two ways:[2]

  • Green Open Access[3] is provided by authors self-archiving their postprints in their institutional repository or on some other OA website.[4] Green OA journal publishers[5] endorse immediate OA self-archiving by their authors.
  • Gold Open Access is provided by authors publishing in an open access journal[6] that provides immediate OA to all of its articles on the publisher's website.[4] Hybrid open access journals provide Gold OA only for those individual articles for which their authors (or their author's institution or funder) pay an OA publishing fee.