Opening up to Open Access
Results of a survey by Springer Nature
Open access (OA) is defined by Springer Nature as the free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to all, with no access fees. Research output can be made openly accessible via two main routes. The first involves making OA content available on a publisher’s platform while the second involves the archiving of OA content in an OA repository. Supporters of OA, such as the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and others, believe that OA empowers people to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.