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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: Challenges and the Way Forward

Obi, R. C

Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society

Open access is a free availability of literature on the internet, permitting a user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself (The Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002). The paper examines different concepts of open access on scholarly publication and goes on to examine the motivation for open access and its benefits. The findings posit that it enhances and increases the citation of published scholarly works. It provides free online access to literature that is very important as it also helps in career development. Efforts should be geared towards inculcating the awareness of the concepts techniques, technologies and benefits of open access in scholarly communities