Open Access (4) What is open access? (3)

23 July, 2019

Wikipedia describes open access as follows:

'Open access (OA) is a mechanism by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other barriers, and, in its most precise meaning, with the addition of an open license that removes most restrictions on use and reuse. The main focus of the open access movement is "peer reviewed research literature." [...]

The implication is that the term open access may (imprecisely) include content that is freely accessible but with restrictions on its use.

This seems to me part of the reason why open access causes such confusion: different commentators interpret the term differently.

Personally, I don't understand how anyone can describe free-access content as 'open access' if it is not also freely reproducible. What do you think?

Best wishes, Neil

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