What is Open Access?
Open access makes scientific publications openly accessible on the Web. The author or owner retains the copyright of the publication but allows users to freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text.
Two paths lead to open access
1. Open Access journals. Publishing houses place their journals or individual articles for free use on the Internet. The main publishers are Public Library of Science and BioMed Central. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) offers an overview of open access journals.
2. Open publication archives. Authors file their own publications for free use on the Internet in open archives such as N O R A(Norwegian Open Research archives) and Brage (which is the institutional publication archive of HiØ).