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A Charles Atlas workout for your knowledge of open scholarship
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Open Sesame!

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Open What Now?

According to Peter Suber, OA godhead, open access literature is:

  • digital
  • online
  • free of charge (gratis)
  • free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (libre)

Richard Stallman characterized points three and four thusly: "Think free as in speech, not free beer." Ideally, OA is both, although publisher embargoes complicate the picture somewhat. NIH-funded studies, for example, provide for six months of exclusivity before mandating the deposit of research in PubMed Central.

In short, a one sentence takeaway is that "open access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse." 

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