So what exactly is open access publishing??

A few days ago, we received a phone call from a loyal customer of ours. He had one simple question without a simple answer: what is an open access publication? It was brought to our attention that many people do not understand what the difference is between open access and subscription-based journal publications.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss what exactly the open access movement is and the benefits of going open access. The availability of knowledge to the academic world is a core part of the Clute Institute and we hope to better explain why we chose the open access platform.

This is an informative YouTube video with a clear description of open access academic journals. It explains the key distinctions between open access and subscription based publishing, while pointing out the flaws within the old subscription based system.

One of the main differences between open access publishing and subscription based publishing is the platform in which readers can access the published research. We do not impose fees or pay walls keeping readers from the content they need; everything is available online for free. We fund journals through an open access fee charged to authors in order to publish. This frees libraries from paying heavy subscription fees and makes author’s research available to everyone, increasing readership and citations.

So what do you think?

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Shockey, Nick, and Jonathan Eisen. “Open Access Explained!” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2015.