Thinking of publishing your next article open access?
On this page you will find out five key benefits of open access, and the important factors to consider when thinking about publishing open access.
Research published open access (OA) is available to anyone across the globe, at any time. Greater visibility can result in increased readership and citations of your research. Both can help your career and funding prospects.
Examples of open access articles that gained wide visibility and made an impact in the research world:
Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19 was published open access in 2020 and was picked up by 2 news outlets, receiving 178,043* downloads.
Maximator: European signals intelligence cooperation, from a Dutch perspective was also published open access in 2020 and was picked up by 8 news outlets, securing 65,353* downloads.
Articles published Open Select with Taylor & Francis typically receive over 6 times as many downloads and 32% more citations** compared to those that are not published Open Select. Open Select gives you the option to make an article gold OA in one of our 2,300 subscription-based journals. This option is also known as “hybrid open access”.
*Total number of article downloads, from online publication to December 31 2020.
**Usage in 2017-2019 of articles published in 2015-2019. – taken from: Taylor & Francis input to UKRI Open Access Review
There’s increasing pressure on researchers to show the societal impact of their research. Open access can help your work reach new readers, not just those with easy access to a research library. Publishing OA can help policymakers, non-government agencies, the media, educators, and practitioners put your research into action. Learn more about research impact.
With OA, you’re free to share your research around the world with no restrictions or paywall.
When publishing open access, you will usually get a choice of Creative Commons licenses. Liberal licenses can offer more opportunities for research to be reused, allowing others to build on your work. Your research can have a greater impact if others are able to draw on it and then include parts of it in their own research. They will of course have to credit your work.
An increasing number of authors are required to publish OA by their funder, institution, or employer. Find out what you need to do to ensure you comply with funder open access policies. You will also find a list of open access policies for the major funders, with a summary of the key points for each one.
There are many factors to consider when deciding where and how to publish your research. Here are some questions to consider to help you know if choosing open is right for you:
Do you need your research to be visible and accessible to everyone? Is it relevant beyond academia?
Does your funder or institution require you to publish open access? Are there licenses they require you to publish under?
TIP: Make sure the open access journal you’re publishing in is good quality and reliable.