Open Access (OA) means that electronic scholarly research outputs are made freely available on the Web to all, with no license restrictions. In doing so you maximise the impact of your work as the potential readership is far greater than that for publications where the full-text is restricted to subscribers only.
Open access publications go through the same peer review process as non-open access publications. Open access does not interfere with a decision to exploit results commercially, e.g. through patenting.
In October 2012 the Irish Government launched the:
This is backed by 20 organisations, including the Irish Universities Association (IUA).
The principles driving the Open Access Policy statement are that the outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers and to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.
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