Open Access means free accessibility to scientific literature on the Internet. It includes all publications of scientific articles, but also books. The research findings reach across greater coverage and visibility.
With publishing under Open Access, authorisation is granted on the condition that the document can be read, downloaded, saved and printed. The copyrights remain with the author. The Creative Commons licenceclearly defines document usage.
For a more extensive overview of the arguments for and reservations about Open Access: Information on Open Access