Open access publication seeks to energize authors' rights to their scholarly articles to increase access to scholarly information without barriers of paywalls or subscription requirements.
Peter Suber, OA Champion:
"Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright restrictions."
"The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. Primarily, this category encompasses their peer-reviewed journal articles, but it also includes any unreviewed preprints that they might wish to put online for comment or to alert colleagues to important research findings.... By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles,... or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.... Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal. Self-archiving (I.) and a new generation of open-access journals (II.) are the ways to attain this goal."
Budapest Open Access Initiative. “Read the Budapest Open Access Initiative.” Budapest Open Access Initiative, February 14, 2002. http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/read.
What are the Benefits of Open Access to you and to Drew?
McGuigan, Glenn S., and Robert D. Russell. “The Business of Academic Publishing.”Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship 9, no. 3 (Winter 2008). http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n03/mcguigan_g01.html.
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