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The continuing rise of subscription fees has diverted the focus of the research community to open access (OA) journals now more than ever. OA publication means that anyone with an internet connection can read, share, and use the information while, of course, complying with the terms of the Creative Commons license.
Now, as a researcher, why should one choose OA over long-standing traditional publishing? Here are the top 10 reasons why OA is a better option for your research work:
- Access: Readers need not pay to view your work. People from any economic background or country can access the full content with no restrictions. Any content—text, data, tools, and multimedia—can be published with OA and made available in various formats.
- Impact: OA articles have a slight advantage in impact and citations when compared to traditional journals. OA means more readers, views, and impact.
- Dissemination: No waiting to compile into issues. Instant dissemination enables innovators to make use of recent findings.
- Reach: OA articles are easily located. You have options to search within the article and recommend and share too. OA allows data mining, which boosts your discoverability and eases data analysis. The public can engage in conversations about your work on social media platforms.
- Cost: OA articles are cheaper to produce and disseminate, as there are no hard copies or compilations involved. Many OA journals do not charge article processing charges, but even when they do, it is lesser than the post-acceptance fees of subscription journals. Authors can also apply for full or partial waivers.
- Processing time: OA journals have a rapid publication process; the time from acceptance to publication is shorter.
- Collaboration and multidisciplinary research: OA enables global collaborations and for researchers from various fields to come together. They can find each other and reach out with ease.
- Prestige: OA journals have ranked in the top 10 in impact factor. Some may not have been long established, but OA journals continue to prove their worth.
- Mandate, policy compliance: OA complies with major funding, governmental, and institutional policies. OA papers have been cited in global policy documents.
- Research encouragement: OA helps to avoid repetition of work and helps other researchers in the same field improve, reproduce, and build upon your work quicker. Authors gain greater recognition this way.
Traditional journals are slowly testing the waters by shifting to a hybrid model. This allows them to experience the benefits of OA while still retaining the “traditional” status. This shift marks the acceptance of OA as a sustainable model of publishing. As time goes by, we can expect OA to gain momentum and OA journals to get the attention they deserve.
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