Open Access (OA) research is digital, online, free of charge, and free of copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access is made possible by the internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder. Often in the university environment Open Access refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals rather than being restricted to journal subscriptions.
There are two different approaches to Open Access, known as the Green Road and the Gold Road. This is explained more fully in the Open Access @ USC page. Some journal publishers also provide a third option, Hybrid Open Access, whereby a traditional subscriptions based journal allows articles to be Open Access on publication with the payment of an article processing charge (APC) to the publisher.
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