Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.
Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible. Authors participating in open access, whether through self-archiving in an institutional repository or publishing in open access journals, often retain more rights to their work than those publishing in fee-based journals and enjoy the benefits of greater distribution to a more diverse audience. The public, whose tax dollars contribute to federal research funding, benefits from having access to the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries.
A 3 minute introduction to Open Access.