Open Access lays the foundations for free-of-charge online access to the digital research outputs enabling to use them more freely with regard to the currently established copyright protection and licencing restrictions. Open content licences permit a lawful implementation of Open Access. Open Access provides the following benefits:

  • for academic community – access to the most recent research output, availability of text and data mining, higher citation rates, retention of copyright by authors,
  • for the public – access to research outcomes that were financed by taxpayers, development of citizen science,
  • for funders – additional social and economic revenue, smaller number of overlapping research projects,
  • for publishers – better visibility and usability of research output, transparency.


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