Establishing open access as a worthwhile procedure ideally requires the active commitment of each and every individual producer of scientific knowledge and holder of cultural heritage. Open access contributions include original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia material.
Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions:
When you publish an article in a scholarly journal or serve as an editor or peer reviewer, your principal motivations are almost always to disseminate the results of your research, advance your career, and contribute to the public good.
Open access is an effective way to accomplish these goals. Open access content reaches the broadest possible audience faster by eliminating the price and permission barriers of subscription-based journals. Scholars and researchers at institutions without journal subscriptions and interested individuals outside the academy have immediate access to your work. With a broader audience and no access delays, your research has the potential for the greatest impact.
Watch a lecture about Open Access and the Harvard Open Access Initiatives addressing the goals of research and how best to reach them.
Read the 2015 article Open Access: What’s in it for me as an early career researcher?