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Open access (OA) is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of access charges or other barriers.[1] Under some models of open access publishing, barriers to copying or reuse are also reduced or removed by applying an open license for copyright.[1]

The main focus of the open access movement is "peer reviewed research literature".[2] Historically, this has centered mainly on print-based academic journals. Whereas non-open access journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges, open-access journals are characterised by funding models which do not require the reader to pay to read the journal's contents, relying instead on author fees or on public funding, subsidies and sponsorships. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses,[3] book chapters,[1] monographs,[4] research reports and images.[5]

Since the revenue of most open access journals is earned from publication fees charged to the authors, OA publishers are motivated to increase their profits by accepting low-quality papers and by not performing thorough peer review.[6][7] On the other hand, the prices for OA publications in the most prestigious journals have exceeded 5,000 US$ per article, making such publishing model unaffordable to a large number of researchers. This increase in publishing cost has been called the "Open-Access Sequel to [the] Serials Crisis".[8]

Different open access types are currently commonly described using a colour system. The most commonly recognised names are "green", "gold", and "hybrid" open access; however, a number of other models and alternative terms are also used.

Many gold OA publishers charge an article processing charge (APC), which is typically paid through institutional or grant funding. The majority of gold open access journals charging APCs follow an "author-pays" model,[13]although this is not an intrinsic property of gold OA.[14]

Self-archiving by authors is permitted under green OA. Independently from publication by a publisher, the author also posts the work to a website controlled by the author, the research institution that funded or hosted the work, or to an independent central open repository, where people can download the work without paying.[16]

Hybrid open-access journals contain a mixture of open access articles and closed access articles.[17][18] A publisher following this model is partially funded by subscriptions, and only provide open access for those individual articles for which the authors (or research sponsor) pay a publication fee.[19] Hybrid OA generally costs more than gold OA and can offer a lower quality of service.[20] A particularly controversial practice in hybrid open access journals is "double dipping", where both authors and subscribers are charged.[21]

Journals that publish open access without charging authors article processing charges are sometimes referred to as diamond[23][24][25] or platinum[26][27] OA. Since they do not charge either readers or authors directly, such publishers often require funding from external sources such as the sale of advertisements, academic institutions, learned societies, philanthropists or government grants.[28][29][30] There are now over 350 platinum OA journals with impact factors over a wide variety of academic disciplines, giving most academics options for OA with no APCs.[31] Diamond OA journals are available for most disciplines, and are usually small (

The growth of unauthorized digital copying by large-scale copyright infringement has enabled free access to paywalled literature.[33][34] This has been done via existing social media sites (e.g. the #ICanHazPDF hashtag) as well as dedicated sites (e.g. Sci-Hub).[33] In some ways this is a large-scale technical implementation of pre-existing practice, whereby those with access to paywalled literature would share copies with their contacts.[35][36][37][38] However, the increased ease and scale from 2010 onwards have changed how many people treat subscription publications.[39]

Libre open access () also refers to free online access, to read, free of charge, plus some additional re-use rights,[40] covering the kinds of open access defined in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The re-use rights of libre OA are often specified by various specific Creative Commons licenses;[41] all of which require as a minimum attribution of authorship to the original authors.[40][42] In 2012, the number of works under libre open access was considered to have been rapidly increasing for a few years, though most open-access mandates did not enforce any copyright license and it was difficult to publish libre gold OA in legacy journals.[2] However, there are no costs nor restrictions for green libre OA as preprints can be freely self-deposited with a free license, and most open-access repositories use Creative Commons licenses to allow reuse.[43]

FAIR is an acronym for 'findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable', intended to more clearly define what is meant by the term 'open access' and make the concept easier to discuss.[44][45] Initially proposed in March 2016, it has subsequently been endorsed by organisations such as the European Commission and the G20.[46][47]

The area of (open) scholarly practices increasingly see a role for policy-makers and research funders[49][50][51] giving focus to issues such as career incentives, research evaluation and business models for publicly funded research. Plan S and AmeliCA[52] (Open Knowledge for Latin America) caused a wave of debate in scholarly communication in 2019 and 2020.[53][54]

The most common licenses used in open access publishing are Creative Commons.[62] The widely used CC BY license is one of the most permissive, only requiring attribution to be allowed to use the material (and allowing derivations and commercial use).[63] A range of more restrictive Creative Commons licenses are also used. More rarely, some of the smaller academic journals use custom open access licenses.[62][64] Some publishers (e.g. Elsevier) use "author nominal copyright" for OA articles, where the author retains copyright in name only and all rights are transferred to the publisher.[65][66][67]

Since open access publication does not charge readers, there are many financial models used to cover costs by other means.[68] Open access can be provided by commercial publishers, who may publish open access as well as subscription-based journals, or dedicated open-access publishers such as Public Library of Science (PLOS) and BioMed Central. Another source of funding for open access can be institutional subscribers. One example of this is the Subscribe to Open publishing model introduced by Annual Reviews; if the subscription revenue goal is met, the given journal's volume is published open access.[69]

Advantages and disadvantages of open access have generated considerable discussion amongst researchers, academics, librarians, university administrators, funding agencies, government officials, commercial publishers, editorial staff and society publishers.[70] Reactions of existing publishers to open access journal publishing have ranged from moving with enthusiasm to a new open access business model, to experiments with providing as much free or open access as possible, to active lobbying against open access proposals. There are many publishers that started up as open access-only publishers, such as PLOS, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Frontiers in... journals, MDPI and BioMed Central.

Some open access journals (under the gold, and hybrid models) generate revenue by charging publication fees in order to make the work openly available at the time of publication.[71][23][24] The money might come from the author but more often comes from the author's research grant or employer.[72] While the payments are typically incurred per article published (e.g. BMC or PLOS journals), some journals apply them per manuscript submitted (e.g. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics until recently) or per author (e.g. PeerJ).

No-fee open access journals, also known as "platinum" or "diamond"[23][24] do not charge either readers or authors.[91] These journals use a variety of business models including subsidies, advertising, membership dues, endowments, or volunteer labour.[92][86] Subsidising sources range from universities, libraries and museums to foundations, societies or government agencies.[92] Some publishers may cross-subsidise from other publications or auxiliary services and products.[92] For example, most APC-free journals in Latin America are funded by higher education institutions and are not conditional on institutional affiliation for publication.[86] Conversely, Knowledge Unlatched crowdsources funding in order to make monographs available open access.[93]

Estimates of prevalence vary, but approximately 10,000 journals without APC are listed in DOAJ[94] and the Free Journal Network.[95][96] APC-free journals tend to be smaller and more local-regional in scope.[97][98] Some also require submitting authors to have a particular institutional affiliation.[97] 041b061a72


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