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Psychology: Open Access

What is open access?

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?

  • It sets scientific information free by removing limitations of pricing and licensing
  • Provides free access to scientific and intellectual information produced in the institution
  • Provides “Fair Use Policy”
  • Contributes to the scientific impact of the study by increasing the recognition and visibility
  • Increases citation rates
  • Enables researchers to look at the literature from a wider perspective
  • Contributes to scientific communication

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What are the benefits of open access to the author/researcher?

  • It makes the work more visible, accessible, and increases the citation rate.
  • Allows authors to share their work freely.


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

What is Creative Commons?

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

SHERPA Services:

· RoMEO - Publisher's copyright & archiving policies
· JULIET - Research funders archiving mandates and guidelines
· OpenDOAR worldwide Directory of Open Access Repositories
· SHERPA Search - simple full-text search of UK repositories

Author Rights

  • The author is the copyright holder. As the author of a work you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement


  • Assigning your rights matters. Normally, the copyright holder possesses the exclusive rights of reproduction, distribution, public performance, public display, and modification of the original work.  An author who has transferred copyright without retaining these rights must ask permission unless the use is one of the statutory exemptions in copyright law.


  • The copyright holder controls the work. Decisions concerning use of the work, such as distribution, access, pricing, updates, and any use restrictions belong to the copyright holder.  Authors who have transferred their copyright without retaining any rights may not be able to place the work on course Web sites, copy it for students or colleagues, deposit the work in a public online archive, or reuse portions in a subsequent work. That’s why it is important to retain the rights you need.

For further information The SPARC Author Addendum