Open access resources are publications that are freely available online and lack most copyright and licensing restrictions. Examples of open access resources include peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journal articles, ebooks, book chapters, conference papers, images, and data/datasets. Authors choose to publish their work through open access publishers in order to remove barriers to access and use of their research. While traditional publishers require users to pay subscription fees or pay-per-view charges in order to access their content, open access publishers remove price both price and permissions barriers to their content, allowing researchers to access and reuse scholarly research without requiring a subscription or fee. It is important to note that “free” and “open” are not a reflection of the quality of these resources. Many are published by journals that have the same peer review procedures and standards as conventional journals.
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