Open access publishing (OA) is a movement to make scholarly articles free and readily available to the public through the internet. OA is a departure from the traditional print journal business model in that revenue does not come from subscriptions. Because OA publishers are web-based, they are able to operate on alternative revenues such as author’s fees which research funders often allow to be included in grants. Because access is free, articles in OA journals are easy to find and cite, and since Google Scholar and other search engines are becoming more common starting places for research than libraries OA articles enjoy the same visibility as the articles in traditional high impact print journals.
More specific to the Neuro-cloud project is the emergence of OA pre-print archives that allow researchers to share data and preliminary findings to the scientific community prior to peer reviewed publication. These archives allow for establishment of precedent as well as early feedback to guide and improve research. Neuro-cloud goes a step further by putting small data sets and research without a feasible outlet for publication in a streamlined and easy to read format. In this way good solid research that does not meet the criteria for immediate publication is given a platform for distribution, expansion and collaboration.
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