Why OA? For researchers

Following the "golden route": you publish your articles in journals that offer open access publishing, by making articles available free of charge to readers paying a fee (the author/his isntitution pays to publish and the readers/libraries don't pay to read).

Following the "green rout": you deposit in an institutional or disciplinary repository a copy of your published articles. To determine if your publisher allows the storage of pre-print or post-print you can check the SHERPA/RoMEO website.

Which benefits are there for you?
  • wide dissemination, i.e. increased visibility, higher impact and more citations: OA break down the barriers created by traditional publishing
  • transparency of peer-review: in many cases the comments of reviewers are published  along with the paper and it's possible to continue the debate after publication in the form of comments that everyone can leave on the paper’s web page 
  • long-term preservation of articles
  • possibility to reuse data: retaining copyright
About copyright...
    ...read the contract that you are signing, don't give away all your rights, use the Addendum!

Finally, a brief summary about what can you do to promote OA (taken from the Open Access Week website):

- submit your research articles to OA journals;
- deposit your pre-prints or post-prints in an institutional or disciplinary repository;
- when asked to referee a paper or serve in the editorial board for an OA journal, accept the invitation;
- if you are an editor of a toll-access journal, start an in-house discussion about converting to OA, experimenting with OA, letting authors retain their copyright;
-write opinion pieces (artices, journal editorials, discussion forum posting, etc.) advancing the cause of OA;
- educate the next generation of scientists and scholars about OA.

The Library staff is available to give you all the information you need about OA, copyright and the IMT Institutional Repository.