Authors choose open access (OA) publication for a number of reasons:
- It means anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research, which leads to greater visibility and impact, and may encourage collaborations and faster developments in that field.
- Authors often retain more control over and rights to distribute and re-use of their intellectual property
- Funders may require outputs for their funded research to be made open access
- In many countries, much of the research is paid for by the taxpayer, therefore, OA allows the general public to access the research they have contributed towards