An Introduction to Open Access

Charles W Bailey Jr.

Abstract


Open Access (OA) to literature, means 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, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, 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 condition on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, is to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. This slightly revised (by editors of IS) version of the popular introductory paper on Open Access by  Charles W. Bailey, Jr defines Open Access and traces out the OA movement from Budapest Open Access Initiative to present. It describes the many degrees and kinds of OA, and different strategies, practices, and laws related to it.

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