Open access means that the scientific literature can be accessed, read, saved, copied, printed, scanned, indexed, linked to full text, transmitted as data to the software and used for any legal purpose without financial, legal and technical limitations through the internet.
Why should I prefer an open-access platform?
For more information; http://www.open-access.net
What are the benefits of open access to the author/researcher?
OpenMETU is the Institutional Repository of METU that provides the accessibility of scientific information produced at METU through the internet without financial, legal, and technical limitations.More information about OpenMETU
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
Probably the quickest and easiest introduction to CC is to watch the following short video
SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research
For further information The SPARC Author Addendum