Instead of hiding valuable research information behind publisher paywalls, open access brings the promise of immediate, free access to research evidence to social workers and community members. Open access is an ethical mandate, and one that can be almost entirely fulfilled with minimal effort by researchers under existing open access policies of traditional journals, or publishing in open access journals.

Pathways to Open Access

Flowchart describing the publication cycle of an article published as open access or deposited in a repository, ending with the public benefiting from current research knowledge.