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Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016     Views: 105

 Open Access is a new way to publish academic articles so that they are:

digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. (Peter Suber)

Why is it important? In a nutshell, many academic journals are becoming prohibitively expensive, and the restricted access that results is getting in the way of research. Here's a quick video that explains its potential impact on scholarly publishing (and on you!) in just 3 minutes:

See links below for more information about Open Access at Boston College.