Open Access

Introduction: what is open access?

In a nutshell, open access is a form of scholarly publishing in which materials are ‘digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.’1 The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), one of the original efforts to codify and support open access in a formulaic way, defined open access as scholarly articles that have:

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 ...

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