Advantages and disadvantages of Open Access

Advantages of Open Access publishing

  • Open Access enhances visibility and impact of one's own work as Open Access articles are downloaded and cited more frequently than articles from non-Open Access journals..
  • Free access to scientific knowledge, information and data strengthens the basis for transfer (education), development (research) and valorization of knowledge
  • Developing countries and small or specialized research institutions and corporations have access to all Open Access articles.
  • Open Access articles are published sooner than articles in non-Open Access journals.
  • Open Access articles reach broader audiences than articles in non-Open Access journals.

Disadvantages of publishing Open Access

  • Quality Open Access journals do not yet have the same established reputation as traditional journals.
  • Open Access publishing is as yet not cheaper than the current costs of licences, and therefore may be a costly affair
  • Predatory Open Access journals try to mislead and cheat authors.