Closed access


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This is a proposed new standard glossary term. See this post for background on this review track. To comment on the term below either click the blue “Reply” button at the bottom or select a passage of text in the term and click the “Quote” pop-up to create a comment about that section only.

Short Definition: Restricting access to Internet content via a paid subscription; is often called a paywall.

Extended Definition: The subscription business model is a business model where a customer must pay a subscription price to have access to the product/service. The model was pioneered by magazines and newspapers, and is now used by many businesses and websites.

Synonyms: Paywall

Acronym:

Related Terms: Subscription, Paid circulation, Controlled circulation, Freemium

Sources:

Term Lead: Lilia Quituisaca Samaniego


#2

In my opinion closed access includes both paywalls and “loginwalls”. It does not necessarily require payment to view.

E.g. for the magazine Science (AAAS), once one goes through a tortuous registration process one can technically view articles for free after logging-in. The loginwall prevents all but the most determined of readers from viewing the content.


#3

Good point. Thanks for the comment


#4

I would reference the OpenAIRE terminology on difference between ‘closed access’ and restricted access https://wiki.surfnet.nl/display/standards/info-eu-repo/#info-eu-repo-AccessRights - controlled vocabulary for repositories: https://guidelines.openaire.eu/en/latest/literature/field_accesslevel.html


#5

We have revised the access rights definitions of info:eu-repo, e.g. used in the DRIVER and OpenAIRE Guidelines:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zeYdtU46-aJKU6boaPJy8FdsVXIqisU1V_Nx56_Lc1s/edit

We’d like to avoid using the term “Closed Access”.


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