Open Access (OA) represents the way research results are distributed online, free of cost (or with a minimal cost). In this way, the researchers can publish their papers free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
The main advantage of open access journals is the free access to scientific papers regardless of affiliation with a subscribing library and improved access for the general public. For researchers, publishing their articles openly accessible brings the benefit of maximizing their research impact.
„Instead of being stuck behind a paywall imposed by often exorbitant subscription prices, Open Access research can be read by anyone with access to the Internet. Open Access levels the playing field so that an independent scholar, an adjunct faculty member at a small college, and a tenured faculty member at a major research university have the same level of access.”
Research Focus and Open Access
Research Focus applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to all articles published. This license enables open access – specifically, free immediate access to original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.
Research Focus makes all articles and related content available for free on the journal's website ('gold' open access).