The Standard Global Journals (SGJ) Open Access Model refers to the unrestricted online access to articles published in her journals. SGJ is a strong advocate of the Open access model because she believes that it helps researchers by opening up free access to articles that their libraries do not subscribe to. One of the great beneficiaries of open access may be users in developing countries, where currently some universities find it difficult to pay for subscriptions required to access Close Access journals. All researchers benefit from Open Access Journals as no library can afford to subscribe to every scientific journal and most can only afford a small fraction of them.
Open Access extends the reach of research beyond its immediate academic circle. An Open Access article can be read by anyone ? a professional in the field, a researcher in another field, a journalist, a politician or civil servant, or any interested person.
Research funding agencies and universities want to ensure that the research they fund and support in various ways has the greatest possible research impact.
Open access to scholarly research is important for a number of reasons. One of the arguments for public access to the scholarly literature is that most of the research is paid for by taxpayers through government grants, who therefore have a right to access the results of what they have funded. Additionally, professionals in many fields may be interested in continuing education in the research literature of their field, and many businesses and academic institutions cannot afford to purchase articles from or subscriptions to much of the research literature that is published under a fee access model.
Even those who do not read scholarly articles benefit indirectly from open access. For example, patients benefit when their doctor and other health care professionals have access to the latest research. As argued by open access advocates, open access speeds research progress, productivity, and knowledge transaction. Every researcher in the world can read an article, not just those whose library can afford to subscribe to the particular journal in which it appears. Faster discoveries benefit everyone. High school and junior college students can gain the information literacy skills critical for the knowledge age. Open Access is faster, often immediate, making it more suitable than interlibrary loan for high paced research. The Open Access aspect also has the advantage of reaching reader groups beyond the research community, which is often relevant or desirable for broadly defined journals. For instance, medical journals may be of interest to patient associations or to the industry, and journals in the social sciences and humanities may be of interest to policy makers, journalists and the general public.
In developing nations, open access archiving and publishing acquires a unique importance. Scientists, health care professionals, and institutions in developing nations often do not have the capital necessary to access scholarly literature.
Many librarians have been vocal and active advocates of open access. These librarians believe that open access promises to remove both the price barriers and the permission barriers that undermine library efforts to provide access to the journal literatures. Librarians also educate faculty, administrators, and others about the benefits of open access.
Indeed, the Standard Global Journals (SGJ) provides instant open access to its content in such a way that makes research articles freely available to the international community, meaning;
Everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of articles published in Standard Research Journals; manuscripts are freely available without subscription or price barriers;
Papers are immediately released in open access format (no long waiting periods);
Open Access publication is supported by authors' institutes or research funding agency by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Fee (APF) for accepted articles
Benefits of SGJ Open Access Model to Authors
High Visibility and High Availability - free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions.
Frequency of citation -open Access publications are more frequently cited due to their high publicity and availability.
Ease of Access -Publications are also more easily accessible and searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
Less Costly - the cost of editorial processing and editing fee of each accepted paper is charged to authors' institutes or research funding agency. The cost of processing and the publication of an article is covered through the one-time payment of an Article Processing Fee (APF) for each accepted article.
Rapid Publication - accepted papers are immediately published online.
Little wonder then that one major request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. This is because, Open Access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. SGJ is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.