Open Access gives a larger audience access to research results
When research is open and easily available on the internet it can reach a much larger audience than if it is only published in subscription databases. Access to articles and other publications is limited to those employed at an institution with enough finances to purchase this access.
Open Access is economically advantageous
The price development on scientific journals has not been positive in recent years. Over a long period, dating back to the 1990s, the price of scientific journals has increased far more than the consumer price index. More and more of a library's budget is spent on paying these journals. This has consequences for other library services. There is a great deal of concern about this in the library sector.
With Open Access it is common practice to demand payment from the author instead of requiring payment for subscriptions. It must be emphasized that this payment is required after an article has gone through regular peer review and has been approved. This means that it is not possible to "buy" a poor quality article publication in a serious journal. For most institutions, it will be cheaper to pay the publication fee for the articles their employees publish than to pay for expensive journal subscriptions.
You keep the copyright for your own work
Traditional journals usually undertake the rights for articles they publish. This means that the author has to give away the copyright to his own work. Open Access-journals usually let the author keep those rights.
A word of warning: Stay away from scammers!
It is not surprising that some people are trying to exploit a new market for academic publishing for their own benefit. The term "predatory journals" has become well known. These are journals and publishers that are thoroughly unreliable, with poor quality, lack of peer review and often high prices for authors to pay. This article in the New York Times addresses this phenomenon.
We have been informed that researchers at UiS have received e-mails offering them to contribute in such disreputable journals. Our advice is to be wary of e-mails from any unfamiliar journals. Please contact us if you are unsure, then we will check whether the current journal is known to keep an acceptable level.