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Open Access Publications
Open Access publication is a kind of literature that is free of price barriers and permission barriers that normally limit access and usage of all published literature to only subscribed or licensed journals. Open Access publications are made available online, free of charge to anyone and everyone having internet access. Although the concept of Open Access publication is not entirely new and has been around for several years, people have begun to realize its importance only recently, owing to the support from government, educational and research institutions, and other funding agencies.
In order to expand the knowledge base and advance the development of science, scientists require unrestricted access to relevant scientific data and scholarly literature. Limitations in terms of copyright and licensing issues will result in slowing down the scientific communication. While such first-hand literature is almost completely inaccessible to the less funded universities and educational institutions, even the scholars at richest universities are finding it difficult to access some of the specialized literature because of expensive subscription requirements. Therefore, it is essential to bring about a complete transformation in the accessibility of scholarly literature to function effectively in this rapidly changing technological environment.
Contrary to the issues surrounding subscription journals, Open Access journals enable easy access to any published literature through digitalized copies for all the scientists around the world. The full text of Open Access publications can be freely read over the public internet, as the publishing is funded through means other than subscriptions. Besides free reading, Open Access publications are also permitted to download and re-use without any barriers. Other than the authorsï¿½ control over the reliability of their work and their right to be properly acknowledged and cited, there is no other constraint in terms of copyrights and licensing. Since authors of scholarly journal articles write to create an impact and attract wider audience, than just revenue from copyright laws, they will be more interested in Open Access publications. Thus, Open Access publications will give a new perspective to the field of learning and experience.
Although the benefits of Open Access are quite apparent, the controversy regarding the quality and peer-review process in Open Access journals is an ongoing debate. Many prominent scientists are sceptical on the quality of the content published in Open Access journals owing to the belief that there is no rigorous peer-review process. Contrary to these widespread misconceptions, Open Access Publishing provides an opportunity for the improvement of scientific quality assurance by not only being fully compatible with traditional peer review, but also enabling public, collaborative or community peer review. In other words, Open Access allows interactive discussions and reviews by being open to all interested members of the scientific community and the public. Open Access also gives reviewers unlimited access to relevant publications across different scientific disciplines thus, facilitating quality improvement of scientific publications.
The permission to reproduce published content has been an issue of debate between the proponents and opponents of free and open access modes of publication. The open access publishing has been emerging as the fastest solution to the blockage of published information on the online space. The pros and cons of Open Access Publication often do the rounds among publishers and scholars.
The guidelines of open access publication allow the readers to access the content, and even more flexible norms also allow it to be shared in an unlimited manner. Thus, there are various levels in open access publishing. A number of journals were published by several groups up to the end of 2012, and the open access publication is tracked by the corresponding ISSN number for standard identification.
Many forms of knowledge media and the ever-increasing blocks of information have made the publication and dissemination of information challenging for the learners and researchers. The availability of information playas a vital role in research, and the number of research articles under each discipline are directed to open access publication for the benefit of the scientific community. The need for proper repository and the methods of documenting knowledge in modern means are required.
OMICS International is pro-Open Access and all works published in OMICS journals have free, unlimited, and immediate access to the public. OMICS group is proud to support the Open Access initiative and strongly believes in quality control of scientific publications through rigorous peer-review process.