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Helics Group Open Access

Open Access is referred to the online availability of research articles freely and instantly, apart from possessing the rights to completely use these articles in the digital environment.

What is need for Open Access?

With an intention of public improvement, we aim at accelerating the pace of scientific discovery by engaging and investing in research, besides encouraging innovation, enriching education and stimulating the economy. A vital component of the research process is communication of the results towards research advancement, since the wide usage of its results is a direct reflection of the enhanced value of a research investment. However, research results are not available to the entire potential users’ community, owing to cost barriers or use restrictions. Thanks to the internet, this crucial information is brought before a worldwide audience at absolutely negligible marginal cost, this enabling us to utilize it in novel and innovative ways. This has led to the need for new framework to enable easy access and usage of research results.

Explain the way in which Open Access Works and Helps?

The standard terms for Open Access as considered by Helics Group are those that are outlined by the Creative Common's Attribution-Only license (CC-BY).

In order to enable Open Access, there are four primary mechanisms that can be utilized:

  • Open Access Publishing: Authors have the freedom of choosing to publish their research articles in an increasing number of journals meeting the full definition of Open Access. Since there are no financial or copyright barriers amid the readers and the article, articles are freely available to all interested readers. In the market for scholarly publishing, the fastest growing segment is the Open Access publishing and for every research area, there are journal options available. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a comprehensive list of Open Access journals.
  • Digital Repositories: Digital archives (often called Digital Repositories or Institutional Repositories) can be chosen by authors in order to deposit their research articles. These allow free accessibility to readers wherein the article text can be fully reused, in confirmation to the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) standards. Whether the article is published in the journal or not, any author is allowed to make their work available under Open Access condition. Authors can use more than 2,000 open Digital Repositories around the world, whose comprehensive listing is available through the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR).
  • Effectively Managed Author Rights: You can have the ability to ensure free access of your article as the author of a research paper, apart from being used by the widest possible audience. Some of the readily available tools and proven sources such as Addenda to traditional Copyright Transfer Forms enable one to have a better understanding of open licenses, besides publishing your articles under full Open Access conditions.
  • Local, National and International Open Access Policies: Effective policies can be implemented by research supporting institutions such as public and private research funders to higher education institutions, all of which completely support Open Access to be made as a default mode for their researchers.
Why Should Open Accessible Take Care of?

Open Access, over the past decade, has become central to advance the interests of researchers, scholars, students, businesses, and the public, including librarians. Apart from providing new opportunities in the sharing, review, and research results publication, the digital environment poses new challenges. A crucial role is played by primary research articles as well as the rights to use these articles to the fullest in order to ensure broad and unrestricted access, thus making sure that the scholarly communication system evolves toward supporting the requirements of academic enterprise and scholars as a whole.

Research supporting institutions from public and private research funders to higher education institutions are gradually implementing policies, wherein there is a need for researchers to write articles that report on research generated from their funding, those which are fully useable by the public as well as openly accessible.

Mention the benefits of Open Access Research?
  • Augmented discovery. Open Access allows unrestricted ability of researchers to read and build upon others’ findings.
  • Public improvement. While public funds pay for a lot of scientific and medical research, open access makes sure that taxpayers get to see their investment results.
  • Enhanced education. Teachers and their students can enjoy direct accessibility to the latest research findings across the world through open access.
Who receives Open Access benefits?
  • Your ability to find and use appropriate literature is enhanced
  • Enhances the visibility, audience and impact of your work
  • Generates unique avenues for discovery in digital environment
  • Develops interdisciplinary research
  • Advances the pace of research, discovery and innovation
Educational Institutions
  • Contributes to primary mission of knowledge advancement
  • Regardless of size or budget, democratizes access across all institutions
  • Provides formerly unachievable access to community colleges, two-year colleges, K-12 and other schools
  • Provides direct access to critical STEM materials
  • Increases competition amongst academic institutions
  • Enhances their education quality
  • Guarantees access to everything that students must know, in fact, to the extent of their school’s affordability
  • Contributes to a workforce that is better-educated
  • Encourages innovation by allowing direct access to cutting-edge research
  • Inspires new ideas, new services, new products
  • Creates new job opportunities
Research Funders
  • Influences research investment returns
  • Generates tools for research portfolio management
  • Eludes duplicative research funding
  • Builds transparency
  • Encourages enhanced interaction with funded research results
  • Offers access to previously unobtainable materials concerning areas such as health, energy, environment, and other areas of broad interest
  • Makes a better educated population
  • Inspires support of scientific enterprise and engagement in citizen science
Open Access and Online Educational Resources

Considering the fact that educational materials constitute a crucial output of the research process, it is Helics Group’s belief that the power of the Internet is maximized by Open Access and Educational Resources to the extent of improving teaching and learning, thus increasing access to education. Apart from creating novel approaches to learning to enable people to create and shape knowledge openly together, Helics Group supports the creation and sharing of open materials used in teaching, thus promoting practices and policies towards the advancement of this vision.

Explain briefly about Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

Open Educational Resources are a compilation of teaching, learning, and research resources that are meant for free use and repurposing by others as permitted by an open license. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that enable direct access to knowledge.

Open Access Resources are mostly considered to meet the following requirements of users:

  • Reuse:Reusability of content in its intact form
  • Revise:Content can be modified, accustomed, adapted or improved
  • Remix:Something new may be created by using the original or revised content in combination with other content
  • Redistribute:Copies of the content in its original, revised or remixed form can be shared with others
Involvement in Open Access

There is a plethora of ways to involve in promoting Open Access whether you are a librarian, faculty member, researcher, student or just an interested member of the public.By joining an action coalition, you could take action as an individual or leverage the power of collective action.

Open Access is considered as a means of publishing scholarly information in order to make it freely available online to anyone in the world, thus accelerating research and learning.

Open Access acts as a gateway for one to read publications by eliminating the barriers that restrict access to knowledge, besides enabling authors to be recognized for their contribution in their preferred field and beyond.

Permission barriers removed by Open Access: Flexible intellectual property regulations for authors enable unhindered use of all published material, thus providing grander worldwide exposure.

With an intention to inform and develop related research areas, Open Access makes knowledge available to everyone by removing the affordability barrier and other restrictions.

Open Access allows the use of knowledge for teaching, conference presentations and lectures sans restrictions.

With Open Access, authors get to enjoy enhanced visibility, besides providing great potential for usage of their work for a greater impact.

New audiences are introduced by Open Access to scholarly content, thus helping in expanding readership.

The pressure on library budgets is also reduced greatly when it comes to purchasing books and journals, thus allowing librarians to allocate more time to connect their users with high quality content

The affordability barrier is removed completely by Open Access as knowledge is made available to everyone.

Publication in Scientific Reports is:
  • Fast — rapid review and publication
  • Laborious —four members of the academic community need to be part of a peer review
  • Open - while authors retain copyright, articles are freely available to everyone
  • Visible – you can be sure that your article is noticed, thanks to enhanced browsing and searching
  • Interlinked — to and from relevant articles across Helics Group.com
  • Global — worldwide media coverage is provided as everything is stored on Helics Group.com