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Open Access Information & Resources Guide

Importance of Open Access

Open access is rooted in the principle of freedom of information. It seeks to eliminate the barriers of cost and copyright that restrict access to information and the knowledge it bestows. The open access model is beneficial to the advancement of research and the public good. Studies have shown that open access publications will be more widely read and cited than those behind a pay wall. Furthermore, it allows researchers from around the world to access and build on an author's work without restrictions. 

Overview of the Benefits

  • Author viability and impact are increased 
  • Researchers can access and build on the findings of others 
  • Teachers and students have access to the latest research findings 
  • The latest research findings are available to researchers in developing countries