Council of Asian Science Editors

Introduce AccessOn

Hyun Jung Yi holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from Chung-Ang University and is a librarian at Hanyang University Guri Hospital. She is also currently a member of the Scholarly Committee at the Korean Medical Library Association and is the Vice Chair of the Committee of Information Management at the Korean Council of Science Editors (KCSE).

AccessON ( is a system built to help people search for open access (OA) articles and use original texts from around the world. It provides these services by collecting OA articles from legal and available sources such as Unpaywall, Crossref, OpenAIRE, ScienceON, and OA journal sites.As of October 2021, users can access 30 million OA articles. Article types are divided into the following categories: bronze, gold, green, gold (hybrid), and free. Among them, the bronze type accounted for the largest proportion, which totaled 37% of all available content. The Bronze type refers to an article that can be found on the publisher’s site when it is temporarily posted or made accessible after a certain period of time has elapsed since its original publication. The gold type accounts for 34.5% and refers to articles published in complete OA journals. The green type accounts for 19.1%, and refers to the author’s self-archiving of publications, post-prints, or pre-prints in public repositories. In addition, it is possible to characterize articles based on whether they are listed in SCOPUS, SCI, or KCI, and whether they have Korean authors.The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has been servicing AccessOn since February 2020. At first, it was serviced under the name Korea Open Access platform for Researchers (KOAR), but in October 2021 the platform brand name was changed to AccessON. Furthermore, the Scholarly Eco-system Against Fake Publishing Environment (SAFE; site is now working in conjunction with AccessON. SAFE provides a list of predatory journals and conferences, which helps researchers determine whether or not their articles are worthy of submission to specific journals. Simultaneously, it helps researchers determine whether or not to serve as an editor of a specific journal. In the case of a controversial journal, researchers can exchange opinions with each other in a room where they can request a review or discuss.In the ‘About’ section of the AccessOn site, OA is introduced in a general sense. The types of contracts made by OA journals are also explained, as are the services covering the contents of the repository, related news, various resources, related websites, and major events. AccessOn can therefore be useful when a researcher wants to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in OA at any given time.