refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals , and also increasingly to book chapters or monographs (Wikipedia) .
literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions . What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder (Peter Suber).
Publishers OA models Taylor & Francis' current iOpenAccess option will be Taylor & Francis Open Select from 2012, and would give authors and their sponsors the option of making their articles available on Open Acess to all for a publication fee. Article processing charges cover the cost of the publication process to allow free and immediate access to the research articles.
OA Fund "Setting up a central fund to pay open access publication charges at the University was seen as a significant way of removing barriers for researchers to publishing in open access journals."
"Self-archiving in the PhilSci Archive has given instant world-wide visibility to my work. As a result, I was invited to submit papers to peer-reviewed conferences/journals and got them accepted."
Open Access repositories also provide an excellent means for researchers to boost their online presence and raise their profile. Since Google and other Web search engines index OA repositories, the contents are available to all with Web access.