Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research to other scholars and the public. Expanded access creates an environment where research can have a wider reach and quicker discovery. Open access to research also means that research funding can have a deeper impact by allowing others to freely and quickly build on that scholarship and data.
When your author agreement allows for self-archiving rights, take advantage and share your work with the world! If your work lives beyond the paywall of a journal site, it's more likely to be found and cited by a wider audience. Repositories are great archiving options for many reasons.
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