There are a variety of definitions of "open access". As Peter Suber puts it, “Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Open access can be made in different level from the basic level (free access) to the full level (free access and full reuse right). A pecturm of open access is showed below
- Open access doesn't mean low-quality, non-peer review. The quality of the content and whether not the content is peer-reviewed depends on the process of the journal, the editorial board, the author, the reviewers, etc.. not the access status.
- Open access doesn't mean no cost at all. Open Access means free to readers. But the costs of producing and distributing remain and is shifted.
- Open access doesn't strip away the copyright from the author. An author will still retain all the copyright of the work when making the content available. By using Creative Commons Licenses, an author can communicate with content users which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.