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Open Access (OA): Welcome

What is Open Access?

"Free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles (...) use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution is to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited".

(Budapest OA Initiative, 2003)

DkIT's Open Access Policy

In December 2015 the Academic Council approved an Open Access (OA) policy for Dundalk Institute of Technology. The policy is intended to make DkIT’s research output, in the form of published scholarly articles and conference proceedings, available to a wider public.

The policy strongly recommends that academic staff and researchers deposit their published work in the DkIT Open Access repository. The repository is now hosted collaboratively with other Institutes of Technology at Research@THEA the portal of the Technological Higher Education  Association.

Research@THEA not only showcases the work of DkIT researchers it also provides a sustainable platform for storage and preservation of the Institute’s research output.


Benefits Open Access

Who benefits from Open Access:

  1. Researchers
  2. Educational Institutions
  3. Public 
  4. Business

More about the benefits of OA

Why publish your research in Open Access?

  • Improves the visibility of your research (easier and quicker to find through  Google or Google Scholar).
  • Increases citations of your work
  • Using an Institutional  Repository provides you with long term access and storage for your papers.
  • Accelerates the pace of research, discovery and innovation
  • Creates new avenues for discovery in digital environment
  • Creates better educated populace

Open Access

What people think of Open Access

“Open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields — it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research" -Open Letter to the US Congress signed by Nobel Prize winners

"Academic publications should be available for the world to read, to learn from, to build upon" - Ben Adida

"I will not submit my academic writings to journals whose policies prevent me from continuing to make them available, free of charge-Terrance Tomkow