Open Access: Concepts, findings, and recommendations for stakeholders in dentistry

Fang Hua, Cenyu Shen, Tanya Walsh, Anne-Marie Glenny, Helen Worthington

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Open Access (OA) to the scientific literature, a recent revolution in scientific communication, is now required by an increasing number of funders and institutions. The aims of this narrative review are to raise awareness of OA-related concepts and recent research findings among stakeholders in dentistry and to help them make better use of OA and relevant resources.
Data sources
Published journal articles and relevant online materials.
Study selection/results
OA-related definitions and research findings, the approaches to OA, as well as its motivating factors, benefits, ‘citation advantage’, and mandate policies are introduced. Moreover, the phenomenon of predatory publishing and the status quo of OA in dentistry are discussed. Recommendations are made for stakeholders to avoid and address the hazards of predatory publishing, and for dental researchers to make their work OA in an appropriate manner.
Conclusions/clinical significance
Knowledge about concepts on OA, associated resources and research findings are important for researchers and other users of dental research to make full, appropriate use of OA, and help reduce the avoidable waste caused by inaccessible research. We need more studies into the use and development of OA in dentistry. In addition, joint efforts are required to eliminate the threat of predatory publishing to the dental profession.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Dentistry
Issue numberSeptember
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 10.08.2017
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 512 Business and Management
  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Open Access
  • Information storage and retrieval
  • Periodicals as topic
  • Bibliometrics
  • Narrative review
  • 313 Dentistry


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