Are Open Access journals of good quality?
Answer: Most open access journals are peer reviewed with the same or higher standards as traditional scholarly journals. There have been studies showing an increase in impact by publishing in open access journals because of larger dissemination and increased accessibility.
Are Open Access and Public Access the same thing?
Answer: Open Access, on the other hand, allows for immediate access to research. Public Access, required by many research grants, only requires access to research after an embargo period.
How do I know if articles are freely available?
Answer: Articles will often have an icon indicating the article is freely available or Open Access. The icon will vary from platform to platform.
Open access (OA) resources are publications that have "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other then those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself". (Budapest Open Access Initiative)
The authors of OA publications, while still retaining copyright, allow free unrestricted access and dissemination of their scholarly works. Full and proper attribution should always be given to an open access resource same as would be given any traditionally published work. Open access resources typically include a Creative Commons license of CC-BY. However, more restrictive licensing (including prohibition against derivative or commercial works) may also be utilized. It is important to read the open access policy statement or Creative Commons license language accompanying any resource you copy, distribute, or re-use in your own work.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational resources that incorporates a licence that facilitates reuse, and potentially adaptation, without first requesting permission from the copyright holder. They can be any type of educational resource (including course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, podcasts).