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Open Access is making scholarly peer-reviewed literature and research output available to access online and re-use, free of charge, with no or little licensing restrictions.
Watch the explanatory video below published on YouTube by "Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics)" to learn more about Open Access publishing; its advantages and impact in the academia and society.
Sounds great! But, who pays for it?
Open Access repositories provide free online access to academic literature, but, they still need to process publishing expenses (creating and maintaining the publishing platform). Instead of user subscription fees, OA depends on other alternative sources to cover these expenses, such as charging an article publishing fee from the author (which is charged even when publishing in traditional subscription journals), grants, donations, advertisement, etc.
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