Open access scholarship is freely available online with minimal copyright or licensing restrictions. Unlike traditional scholarly publishing, which mediates access through subscriptions and fees, open access enables anyone to read and use the outputs of academic research without regard to ability to pay.
Making work open allows you to:
Share Knowledge: Scholarship that is openly available can be accessed by individuals and communities unable to afford expensive journal subscriptions.
Expand Readership: Open access makes your work easier to find and to read, increasing the reach and impact of your scholarship
Meet Requirements: Public and private research funders are increasingly mandating open access to the research they support.