There are a number of definitions of open-access publishing*. It essentially means providing immediate online access to published material to anyone anywhere in the world without subscription. This not only benefits the interested scientists and the public but also the authors, who receive inexpensive worldwide exposure and publicity to their work. Such unrestricted immediate access to their research ensures that their work is disseminated to the widest possible audience, considerably increasing its citation and impact.
We strongly believe in the principles of open-access publishing. Open-access publishing of scientific literature is of benefit to all scientists, in particular those of the developing nations where academic, medical and non-profit research institutions have limited resources, and libraries often have inadequate funds to subscribe to scientific literature with restricted access. Open-access is also valuable in advancing the public understanding of science. Much of the research conducted in academic and public sector scientific organisations is publicly funded through taxes and donations, and increasingly the public are interested in free access to the results of this research.
The demand for open access publishing is growing fast and has powerful support from the scientific community. Several major research funding bodies, including the Wellcome Trust (UK), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA) and the National Institute of Health (USA), strongly encourage their scientists to publish in open-access journals.
*Major definitions of open access:-
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