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About Open Access

The term "open access" stands for unrestricted and free access to scientific information on the Internet.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative from 2002 states that:

"By 'open access' to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its 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 access to the Internet itself."

Currently, the majority of scholarly publication is only accessible to you if the library you use (or even you yourself) spends a large part of its budget to pay the typically high fees for individual journal articles or subscriptions ("Closed Access"). Many research results (in)accessible this way are, however, only made ​​possible by public funding in the first place!

Open access publishing has many advantages not only for the general public, but also for authors: because the only thing required for access to the publication is an Internet connection, it can potentially be read – and cited by more people.

There are two variants of open access publishing:

  1. Primary publication: Publications are instantaneously accessible worldwide without any restrictions: the Golden Road  to open access.
  2. Secondary publication: Closed Access or print publications are made accessible via repositories: the Green Road to open access.

Detailed information on open access can be found on the information platform open-access.net

Vienna University Library
Open Access Office
c/o ZB-Physik
Boltzmanng. 5, 1090 Wien
T: 01-4277-27607 (27608)
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