Open access

      At it’s most fundamental Open Access is when publications are freely available online to all at no cost and with limited restrictions with regards reuse. The unrestricted distribution of research is especially important for authors (as their work gets seen by more people), readers (as they can access and build on the most recent work in the field) and funders (as the work they fund has broader impact by being able to reach a wider audience).
      There are two routes to open access:1) Gold open access and 2) Green open access. In these our Dream science publishes all of our journals using a Gold Open Access model.
Gold Open Access
      Gold OA makes the final version of an article freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication. Copyright for the article is retained by the authors and most of the permission barriers are removed. Gold OA articles can be published either in fully OA journals (where all the content is published OA) or hybrid journals (a subscription-based journal that offers an OA option which authors can chose if they wish). An overview of fully OA journals can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Benefits of Gold Open Access
      - Increased citation and usage. As articles are freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication they have a broader distribution and increased visibility over subscription content. Research has shown that articles published open access receive higher citations, downloads and views. Download figures are also sustained over a longer period in articles published OA that those with restricted access.
      - Easy compliance with institutional and funder mandates. Content published under a Creative Commons licence can be archived anywhere and made immediately available on publication, allowing authors to easily comply with funder requirements.
      - Retention of copyright by authors.
      - Faster impact. As work is available to all as soon as it is published research that builds on the paper can be carried out and published quicker. This is especially important in fast moving or time sensitive fields and topics (e.g. current epidemics).
      - Greater public engagement as those without intuitional subscriptions can access latest research. Especially valuable for especially when content affects the general public (e.g. patient groups).