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Open access publication has come of age

Research is accessible to all thanks to open access (OA) publishing. But how does it differ from traditional publishing? Pubrica experts shed light on the concept of open publishing and show how it assists scholars in their research pursuits.

Process of open-access publishing Traditional publishing
         Research and prepare paper          Research and prepare paper
         Submit article          Submit article
         Publisher accepts article          Publisher accepts article
         Peer review and revisions         Peer review and revisions
         Revise and resubmit          Revise and resubmit
         Share pre-print and post-print          Published in journal
         Published in journal          Accessible online for a fee
         Accessible online for free          Pay, subscribe, and read/download

Open access (OA) practices

Here is a list of the various forms of practices.

Black OA

  • Illegally obtained from pirate sites and social networks
  • A new form of access
  • Also called as Guerilla Open Access
  • Non-compliant to copyrights and guidelines

Gold OA

  • A mixed-revenue model that comprises subscription fee and publication charges
  • Author pays APC (article processing charge) to Publisher make the paper available to all after publication
  • Few articles are open to all after paying APC and remaining articles available  after subscriber fee

Green OA

  • No APC involved
  • Author posts a version in subject repository or institution
  • Draft version, not final.
  • Version is a pre-print or post-print one

Merits of OA

Accessibility: available to all after being published and easier to find.

Innovation: fosters the spirit of innovation and enhances research endeavors.

Awareness: Authors are now in the limelight thanks to OA and repositories ensure transparency.

Influence: More citations mean more impact and OA papers are cited more than paid ones.

Reach: Research papers are delivered across a wide spectrum of scholarly and scientific academia.

In conclusion, OA has garnered lot of attention from the scholarly fraternity comprising funders, research institutes, universities, publishers, and researchers. Open access has certainly come of age.

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