Open Access

Professional and scholarly publishers support innovation and development around the world by seeking the widest possible distribution of peer-reviewed research articles. They invest in thorough review processes, cutting-edge distribution technologies, and extensive archiving and curation practices to ensure the quality, integrity and long-term viability of the scholarly communications ecosystem.

One popular method of distribution, open access, provides free access to digital research articles without cost to the reader. AAP and members of its Professional and Scholarly Publishing division are working with researchers, librarians and funding bodies to find the right balance between making this high-quality content publicly available while also applying business models that sustain the investment necessary to produce and maintain it. Publishers also have taken other steps to ensure that the public, both in the U.S. and abroad, has free or low-cost access to important scholarly research articles and journals.