Institutional Repository > Open Access to Research
What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) to research aims to provide free, online and unrestricted access
to scholarly research.
Why Open Access?
- Creators of research such as universities have to pay for access to their research via serials subscriptions
- Serials crisis – the cost of subscriptions has spiralled out of line with inflation
- Scholarly literature is vast (approx. 24,000 journals) so no one institution could possibly subscribe to every journal
- Support innovation as most small to medium enterprises can’t afford to access all the research publications in their area
- Provide public access to publicly funded research
- Open up research to a wider audience such as those in the developing world where subscriptions can be prohibitive
Routes to Open Access
- Archive your publications in open access repositories such as CORA, the UCC institutional repository or disciplinary repositories such as ArXIV http://arxiv.org/ (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics) or RePEC (Research Papers in Economics) http://repec.org/
- Publish in open access journals. See the Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/
- Review the open access options of the journal you publish with
- ‘Authors pays model’ where the article is made permanently open access through the journal publisher’s website on payment of a fee by the author
- Some publishers archive their journals in disciplinary repositories such as PubMed.
- Some publishers employ a moving wall – after a certain length of time, they will make all of their archives available open access to all
Last updated: 17 August 2016