Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Impact of Open Access Resources on Library and Information Science Students in India

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Impact of Open Access Resources on Library and Information Science Students in India

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Open Access (OA) resources are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access research articles, therefore; unlike those in conventional subscription journals are free at the point of use to anyone with an internet connection without the need for any institutional login IDs and passwords. Open access resources are one that meets the conditions of "Open Access"composed of free, online copies of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers as well as technical reports, theses, and working papers. In most cases, there are no licensing restrictions on their use by readers. They can, therefore, be used freely for research, teaching and other purposes. As open access, a paper is available with no payment for access, scholars in economically disadvantaged areas can also access to the newest research.

The present study is an attempt to analyze the impact of open access resources used on Library and Information Science PG students in Alagappa University DDE and to find out the problems and constraints faced by the students in accessing the open access resources with some purposeful suggestions for its development.

What is open Access?

Open Access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online access to anyone interested in reading it. Open access has two different versions- gratis and libre. Gratis open access is simply making research available for others to read without having to pay for it. However, it does not grant the user the right to make copies, distribute, or modify the work in any way beyond fair use. Libre open access is grant is meaning the research is available free of charge, but it goes further by granting users additional rights usually via an active commons licenses that people are free to reuse and remix the research, there are varying degrees of what may be a considered libre open access.

Importance of open access resources

The open access resources are most important due to published research results and ideas are the foundation for future development in science and medicine. Open access publishing, therefore, leads to wider dissemination of information.

* Open access resources mean to change the traditional publishing model whereby publishers financial journals though readers subscriptions to a model where electronic access to journals will be free without legal, electronic and technological barriers.

* Open access works within the legal framework of copyright law.

* Open access initiative is being supported to makes the published output of their researchers available as part of their digital library.

* Open access aims to create links to other collections basically for researchers to publish their results.

Open access helps to ensure long-term access to scholarly articles. Unlike articles that are licensed in traditional article databases, libraries and others are able to generate local copies and repositories of these resources. Libraries, by working together to formulate repositories of open access literature, know how to ensure continued access to these scholarly publications into the distant future.

Features of open access

* Open access literature is digital form, free of charges and free of copyright.

* They equal right to all, irrespective of color, caste, creed, sex, and religions.

* They are compatible with the guarantee of worldwide access.

* Open access is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue, print, preservation, prestige, career advancement, indexing and supportive service associated with conventional scholarly literature.

* Open access campaign focuses on the literature that authors give to the world without expectation of payment.

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