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06-Jan-2006

What is Open Access?



Open Access
Open Access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, webwide.


There are two roads to OA:


(1) the "golden road" of OA journal-publishing , where journals provide OA to their articles (either by charging the author-institution for refereeing/publishing outgoing articles instead of charging the user-institution for accessing incoming articles, or by simply making their online edition free for all);


(2) the "green road" of OA self-archiving, where authors provide OA to their own published articles, by making their own eprints free for all.

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