Open Access
Accelerated Discovery

With Open Access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.

Public Enrichment

Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.

Improved Education

Open Access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Open access publication is supported by authors' institutes or research funding agency by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charge for accepted articles.

SciEP is an open access publisher of its high quality research publications around the world ensuring that the light of knowledge is disseminated without any interference and ambiguity to all its users.

External Open Access Resources

Those who are new to the concept of open access might find the following websites or 'Open Access 101' video informative:

SPARC Open Access 101 Video Open Access 101 Video by SPARC

Wikipedia article on 'Open Access'

Information Platform Open Access [in English , in German ]

SHERPA's 'Authors and Open Access'

Advantages of Open Access for Authors

  • High Visibility and High Availability - free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions.
  • High quality and rigorous peer review - Open access journals run through a thorough electronic peer-review process the same way traditional journals do.
  • Open Access publications are more frequently cited - due to their high publicity and availability.
  • Publications are also more easily searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
  • Less Costly - the cost of editorial processing and editing fee of each accepted paper is charged to authors' institutes or research funding agency. The cost of processing and the publication of an article is covered through the one-time payment of an Article Processing Fee for each accepted article.
  • Rapid Publication - accepted papers are immediately published online.

Origins of Open Access

The term Open Access (OA) was introduced

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal. Self-archiving (I.) and a new generation of open-access journals (II.) are the ways to attain this goal.

The open- platform provides comprehensive information on OA and offers practical implementation advice.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Encourage researchers/grant recipients to publish their work according to the principles of the open access paradigm.

Maintain the standards of quality assurance and good scientific practice.

Advocate that open access publication be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluation.