Open access (OA) is explained as unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles, free of most copyright and licensing restrictions found in paid subscriptions to print and online journals. The intention of OA is to provide free access to the public, allowing anyone with Internet access to download, reproduce, circulate, and use scholarly articles and materials freely while maintaining proper citation and acknowledgment of the author or authors. Most commonly, the purpose of OA is to allow researchers, students, and educators access to scholarly journals; however, OA is additionally used for, but not limited to, textbooks, book chapters, theses and dissertations, monographs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. The entry introduces the concept of open-access publishing, discusses green and gold open-access journals, and explores the relative ...
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