Open 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: Making peer reviewed scholarly content freely available via the Internet.

Extended Definition: Making peer reviewed scholarly content freely available via the Internet. Permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any 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. Can also apply to theses, books, book chapters, monographs and other content.

Synonyms: free content, free access

Acronym:

Related Terms: open science, scientific research

Sources: http://www.righttoresearch.org/resources/OpenResearchGlossary/index.shtml[1] Budapest Open Access Initiative, http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/

Term Lead: Lilia Quituisaca Samaniego


#2

It might be good to include “open science” as a term, since it seeks to be the umbrella concept?


#3

I don’t think that free content or free access are synonyms of open access.

Free access is typically used when the content is free to read but one is not allowed to reuse, remix, or repost the content e.g. free access == gratis access.

Open Access == libre access


#4

Is being peer reviewed a requirement for open access?


#5

The short definition provided for Open Access is not correct.

Suggestion:

"Short Definition: Open Access is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs without restrictions on use commonly imposed by publisher copyright agreements. Open Access includes the outputs that scholars normally give away for free for publication; it includes peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and datasets of various kinds. (https://www.openaire.eu/21-open-access/234-are-institutional-repositories-or-the-openaire-repository-in-competition-with-subject-based-repositories-or-open-access-journals) "

In the Extended definition: it’s important to include the Budapest definition without alterations.


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