«Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.»
Peter Suber (2012): Open Access. Cambridge (MA.): MIT Press. S.4
Open Access enables free access to academic information on the Internet
Open Access texts are
- free of charge,
- immediately available
- and use a copyright that ensures the rights of the authors, but does not prevent the information being used in science and teaching.
If you publish in an Open Access journal or periodical or store your own publications on a document server, you are making the research available worldwide. This means that researchers in poorer countries or researchers working outside well situated institutions have access to all the latest scientific information. Open Access is supported by business organizations, libraries and higher education institutions all over the world.
Why should I take part?
- Your publications are available in a full text version, immediately and free of charge.
- The greater visibility leads to your publication being read more often and hence cited more frequently (more information on Enabling Open Scholarship).
- Research generated at the university is made available to society and can be used by everyone.
Many promoting institutions - including the Swiss National Science Foundation - require you to make publications they have supported available to the general public in Open Access.
You as author determine yourself which rights you retain to your publication.