Open Access (OA) means that electronic scholarly research outputs are made freely available on the web to all, with no or limited license restrictions. In doing so you maximise the impact of your work as the potential readership is far greater than that for publications where the full-text is restricted to subscribers only.
Open access publications go through the same peer review process as non-open access publications. Open access does not interfere with a decision to exploit results commercially, e.g. through patenting.
Source: UCD Library LibGuide Open Access for Research Impact licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
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