Open Access

According to Wikipedia's definition[1], based upon Peter Suber's[2] famous work[3], Open access (OA) is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers.

With open access strictly defined (according to the 2001 definition), or libre open access, barriers to copying or reuse are also reduced or removed by applying an open license for copyright[3].

Following a collective reflection among the founding members of the Charity, with the Budapest Open Access Initiative[4] in our minds and in our heart, in Masticationpedia we do not consider as belonging to the so-called Open Access all those licenses which, even if related to Creative Commons deeds, impose limitations to the freedom of circulation and sharing of scientific works.

For instance, we do not recognise as Open Access those licenses which include "NC" (non commercial) and/or "ND" (no derivative works) and/or similar clauses.

Whatever the consideration they might obtain in other contexts, in Masticationpedia licenses such as "CC BY-NC", "CC BY-ND", "CC BY-NC-ND" and similar are not considered as Open Access. Yes, from a formal point of view you are free to read them, to access them, but the very concept of "Open" includes the rights to be able to use the works without limitation.

Bibliography & references
  1. Wikipedia, Open Access
  2. Wikipedia, Peter Suber
  3. 3.0 3.1 Suber Peter, «Open Access Overview».
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    This is an Open Access resource!
  4. Budapest Open Access Initiative
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    This is an Open Access resource!