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What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publication strategy that aims to make scientific information freely and reusably accessible in digital form worldwide. Interested readers should be able to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, refer to and use the full texts in any other possible way without encountering financial, legal or technical barriers - beyond those linked to Internet access itself. The authors retain the rights of use to their scientific work, while the publications are available to the public without restriction. This free access to research results on the Internet therefore enables an improvement in the availability of information to all scientists worldwide. Many scientific organizations support this kind of publication (see also Berlin Declaration).

“HowOpenIsIt?®” Open Access Spectrum (OAS), © 2014 SPARC and PLOS, licensed under CC BY
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