Increases reach of research to other researchers around the world
Increase citation rates
Increase the impact and readership of research
Provide free online access to the public, previously unavailable
Open Access "..gives readers extraordinary power to find and make use of relevant literature, and that gives authors and their works vast and measurable new visibility, readership, and impact "Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002).
Why make your work Open Access
There are many benefits to making your work Open Access. This includes researcher benefits such as increased citations, as well as public benefits such as making work available to people who might not otherwise have access to that knowledge. The following graphic highlights the numerous benefits of making your work Open Access.
The citation advantage of Open Access has been well examined over last 15 years, with the majority of studies concluding that there is a significant citation advantage for OA articles. Recently a large scale analysis (over 300,000 publications) concluded that OA articles receive 18% more citations than otherwise expected taking into account age and discipline. Green OA papers (i.e those in repositories such as VU Research Repository) were cited even more i.e. 30% above expectations [Piwowar et all (2018)]