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“Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
Open access is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major open access initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.
Open Access literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers.” - from A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber.
The Open Access movement grows more and more each year:
- In the past year, the Directory of Open Access Journals has added close to 2000 new titles, from just over 5000 to 7182.
- More than 300 universities, consortia, institutes, and individuals have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
- More than 300 universities and institutes worldwide have some form of open access mandate
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