What's 'Open' about Open Access? The Vital Role of Copyright and Licenses
See video of the presentation.Access is only half of the Open Access story. A vital component is what you can do with the content that you have access to. Can you use it for teaching and learning in the classroom? Text and data-mine? Create anthologies and reading lists? Archive and preserve the material for future generations? The answers to these questions depend, in part, on the copyright status of the material and the licensing terms under which the material is made available. This paper will investigate the importance of licenses and focus on the 'open' of Open Access.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).