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Open Access: What is Open Access (OA)?

Discover the benefits of increasing the visibility and impact of your research outputs.

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) means that electronic scholarly research outputs are made freely available on the web to all, with no or limited 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.

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.

What is Open Access? Video

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Making your research Open Access and complying with funder requirements

Open Access Publishing Agreements at UCD Library

The Benefits at a Glance

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