Increase your reach and maximize your impact on the field. Open Access licensing improves discoverability and extends reach, giving every researcher, policymaker, or educator the opportunity to not just read and learn from, but also use and apply your work.
Open Access (OA) makes research accessible immediately upon publication with no restrictions. Anyone with internet access can find, read, mine, cite and share OA articles at no cost to them. Choosing to publish under an OA license advances information equity by making your research more visible, useful, and more transparent.
Why Open Access matters
Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles pays a fee for access. Institutions and libraries help provide access to paywalled research through costly negotiations. Even then, no part of the article can be reused by researchers, students, or taxpayers without permission from the publisher, often at the cost of an additional fee.
Open Access returns us to the values of science: to help advance and improve society. By providing immediate and unrestricted access to the latest research, we can accelerate discovery and create a more equitable system of knowledge that is open to all.
How it works
At the heart of Open culture is a simple legal device: the Creative Commons-Attribution (CC BY) license.
CC BY licensing balances the importance of scholarly credit, with the need to share research broadly and rapidly. Under a CC BY license, authors retain the copyright for their work while at the same time granting permission for anyone, anywhere in the world to read, share, reuse or remix the work for any purpose, as long as the original author is properly credited.
Take the first step
You can apply Open Access licensing to any aspect of your research―not just a formal research article. Use CC BY to share research components like data and methods (including protocols, preregisted study designs, and code). Or ensure fairness and transparency in the peer review and publishing process with tools for allocating credit, sharing preprints, and publishing peer reviews.