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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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:
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.