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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is a scholarly communication model that provides unfettered access to research outputs (such as books, articles, or data sets).

OA provides free, immediate, online availability of those materials combined with the rights to use or reuse them fully in the digital environment.

Open access reduces barriers to research, discovery, and sharing by:

  • advancing collective knowledge
  • fueling innovation through knowledge transfer
  • accelerating changes, inventions, treatments, and solutions that benefit the world
  • making research outputs more accessible and inclusive
  • fostering a culture based upon collaboration and sharing.

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