SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) defines Open Access (OA) as "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives."
While OA is a newer form of scholarly publishing, many OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards. The main difference between traditional commercial publishing and OA publishing is that resources are not held behind a paywall.
Open Access is compatible with the features and services of scholarly literature and communication, including;
Open Access is free online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, website.
Publishing in an open-access journal may lead to: