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Open Access : What is OA?

The purpose of this guide to help students at Independent College Dublin understand what Open Access is, how it is changing the way we publish and consume knowledge, and where they might find Open Access resources related to their subject.

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Open Access (OA) is freely accessible electronic academic research without license restrictions.

OA is a new model of scholarly publishing developed to free researchers and libraries from the limitations imposed by excessive subscription price increases for peer-reviewed journals, particularly in the sciences and medicine. By breaking the monopoly of publishers over the distribution of scientific research, open access makes access to scientific information more equitable and has the added advantage of allowing the author to retain copyright (ODLIS 2020).

The principles driving the Open Access Policy statement are that the outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers and to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.

NORF (National Open Research Forum, Ireland) National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment

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