Authors choose to publish open access for a variety of reasons:
- To meet your funder’s open access policy requirements. Many funding bodies require research conducted with their funding to be published open access and may also require research to be published under a particular Creative Commons licence. To find out more, see our funding bodies and compliance page.
- Greater control over rights to distribute and re-use work. Under a Creative Commons licence, authors retain more control over rights to distribute and re-use their intellectual property. See the Creative Commons website for details of the terms of each available licence.
- Leads to greater visibility and impact. Publishing your research open access means that more people can view and cite your work due to their being no barriers to access.
- Allows the general public to access research. Research is often paid for by the taxpayer and the general public have a right to access this research.