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Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is about making the products of research freely accessible to all. It allows research to be disseminated quickly and widely, the research process to operate more efficiently, and increased use and understanding of research by business, government, charities and the wider public. (HEFCE, 2017)

The University of Greenwich has published a statement on Open Access to Research, which includes a policy for Open Access that relates to both Publications and Data.

Benefit of open access

All products of research activity can and should be shared where possible, and there are many reasons to do so.

The potential readership of open access articles is far greater than that for articles where the full-text is restricted to subscribers. There are increasing numbers of studies across a wide range of subject areas that show a link between making work available open access and an increase in citations. SPARC Europe maintains a list of key studies.

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