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Online Science Publishing (OSP) is a platform for peer-reviewed and scientific open-access journals. The Journals published by OSP are fully open access: research articles, reviews or any other content on this platform is available to everyone free of charge. To be able to provide open access journals, we finance publication though article processing charges (APC); these are usually covered by the authors’ institutes or research funding bodies.


  1. The high accessibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the unlimited availability of the publication over the Internet.
  2. Everybody can easily access and download the complete text of all articles published with OSP: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly further academics, do not require paying any subscription charges to read articles published by OSP. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.
  3. The Higher Citation Impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability.
  4. Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors’ institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of an article processing charge (APC) for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. ARP’s article processing charge (APC) is the same, irrespective of article length, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.
  5. Faster Publication in OSP’s open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in OSP journals than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals.


  1. BioMed Central’s video on the benefits of open access
  2. Duke University Libraries’ page Benefits to open access
  3. RCUK posted a blog on The benefits of Open Access on 12 August 2012
  4. SPARC Europe’s page on The benefits of open access
  5. Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook’s page Benefits of Open Access for research dissemination
  6. Houghton, J (2009) Open Access – What are the economic benefits? – A comparison of the United Kingdom,
  7. Netherlands and Denmark
  8. Houghton, J and Sheehan, P (2009) Estimating the Potential Impacts of Open Access to Research Findings, Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol 39, No 1, March


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  3. [Bibliography] – Wagner, A.B. (2010) Open Access Citation Advantage: An Annotated Bibliography
  4. According to Hitchcock’s site – the top five most-cited papers, as measured by Google Scholar
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  6. Harnad, S. and Brody, T., Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals, D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 10 No. 6, June 2004
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  10. Also highly cited (100+ cites)
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