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Not all Open Access Journals are predatory. The Open Access publishing model does not make a publisher predatory. Their unethical business practice does.
Open Access Explained
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The Open Access Rainbow
From SHERPA RoMEO (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access Rights Metadata for Open archiving) classification scheme for open access publishing and archiving options.
The article is made open access immediately by the publisher, free of charge.
The article can be archived pre-print and post-print or as publisher's version/PDF.
The article can be archived post-print (i.e., final draft post-refereeing) or as publisher's version/PDF.
The article can be archived pre-print (i.e., pre-refereeing), but not post-print.
Archiving is not formally supported.
Understanding Open Access
Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. -- SPARC
Open Access by Peter SuberA concise introduction to the basics of open access, describing what it is (and isn't) and showing that it is easy, fast, inexpensive, legal, and beneficial. The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue. In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.
Call Number: Z286.O63S83 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-20
"Open-access (OA) 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." Peter Suber