How does open access to publications benefit researchers?

The visibility and availability of articles is in the best interests of researchers.

  • Openly accessible articles can be found and accessed more widely than articles that are only published in journals available to subscribers and whose reference data may only be available in closed, fee-based reference databases. In other words, openly accessible articles are more likely to be referenced. References bring merit to researchers and increase their visibility, improving the impact of their work.

Researchers get broader access to fresh material.

  • As open publishing becomes more common and publication repositories begin to fill up, researchers and other citizens gain access to an increasing number of fresh research publications. The availability of research data does not depend on the ability of researchers or the organisations backing them to pay for the constantly rising subscription and licence fees of research journals.

Why do universities recommend open access to research publications?

The visibility and impact of research results and researchers are also used to measure the quality of universities in relation to one another. If the media, SME sector and general public get easy access to research publications, this also increases the social impact of universities.

By supporting self-archiving and open online publishing, universities contribute to academic communication and the open accessibility of research results. Moreover, the greater the number of research publications openly accessible, the easier it is to evaluate University research.

Social benefit

Since much of the research conducted at universities is publicly funded, it makes sense that the results of such research are openly and publicly available.

Open access speeds up and enhances academic communication in addition to increasing the ways in which research results can be utilised by making them available to the media, the third sector and the general public.

Open access to research articles also makes the publications available to such universities and research institutions that may not be able to afford expensive journal subscriptions. Among other things, open access promotes the dissemination of academic research in developing countries.

More information on open access in the University of Helsinki can be found here.

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