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5 FAQs on Open Access Publishing

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Open Access Publishing

Open Access (OA) publishing means that the publication is accessible to all, free of cost, anywhere in the world. Readers can share, use, and cite the publication with the proper attributions under the Creative Commons license.

Here are some frequently asked questions about OA publishing:

  1. Why should you make your scholarly content open access? 

OA publications are readily available to read online. Many studies show that this increases the reader base, the number of citations, and the impact factor of the work. It enables researchers to use the work in their research earlier than with closed access publications. OA is especially significant in collaborative research and for topics that concern a large community like conservatory studies.

  1. Is open access content compatible with peer review?

All OA and hybrid journals have a standard peer-review process in place that ensures that the works are relevant, authentic, and of significance to the community. OA is no different from other journals in this aspect except for preprints. Preprints are published in open repositories before the peer-review process as the researches are yet to be refined.

  1. How to prevent plagiarism in open access?

OA increases the chances of detecting and averting plagiarism. While it is also easy to plagiarize openly available work, document resemblance detecting software programs make it easy to detect them too. If somebody copies the work, the manuscript history and people with access to the paper can be checked. A simple search in search engines will bring up the original and the plagiarized work if both have similar keywords. With Creative Commons licensing, citing and using OA works has become simpler.

  1. What are the funding options for open access?

The APC, or article processing charge, is the fee that authors pay to make their work open access. Grants, national or international funding bodies, OA publishing agreements, institutional funds and memberships, and other sponsors can pay for it on their behalf. Journals also provide discounts and waivers for authors from certain countries or backgrounds. When compared to the charges in subscription-based journals, APCs are lesser. According to DOAJ, the majority of OA journals do not charge APC.

  1. Is open access content accessible for all audiences?

Gold OA content is accessible to all immediately after publishing. Anybody with an internet connection can read the paper published with open access free of cost. When manuscripts are published with closed access, some journals make them OA after an embargo period. This is Green OA. In this case, the paper is accessible to all only after some time. Searching for the keywords or the direct link or DOI will direct you to the publications.

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Sources:
1. https://www.eifl.net/faq-page/1043#t1043n1500.
2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311707987_Does_Open_Access_Prevent_Plagiarism_in_Higher_Education.
3. https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/oct/21/open-access-myths-peter-suber-harvard.
4. https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/publishing-open-access/oa-funding-options/.

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