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Benefits of Open Access Publishing

Benefits of Publishing Your Work in Open Access Venues:

  • increased visibility, usage, and impact of your research
  • more efficient dissemination compared with traditional publishing models
  • retention of some or all of your copyrights
  • contribution to societal good by freely providing scholarly content to a global audience which will stimulate ideas, enrich education, and affect policy development
  • accelerates the pace of scientific discovery and research
  • rigor of traditional peer-review before publication
  • ongoing feedback through social media
  • An Open Access impact story from SPARC - Open Access for Impact: How Michael Nielsen Reached 3.5 Million Readers

Source: Open Access Journal Quality Indicators was developed by the Grand Valley State University Libraries modified from Beaubien, S., Eckard, M. (2014). Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(2):eP1133.

Visualizing the Impact of Open Access

diagram of benefits to publishing open access

The above image (CC-BY Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown) illustrates the benefits of publishing open access:

  • more exposure for your work
  • practitioners can apply your findings
  • higher citation rates
  • your research can influence policy
  • the public can access your findings
  • compliant with grant rules
  • taxpayers get value for money
  • researchers in developing countries can see your work