The Institute for Health Quality and Ethics

Open Access to Research

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Open Access Resources:
            Access Through PLOS

All PLOS content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Additionally, the journal platform that PLOS uses to publish research articles is Open Source.

Benefits of OA Research

  • 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.

Additional OA Resources

There are many other organizations, such as SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Institute) and the Open Society Foundations, that work tirelessly for progress in OA. You can find many free resources here to help you learn more or to advocate for OA journals in your institution.

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