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How Open Is It?: Open Access Spectrum


SPARC, PLoS, and OASPA have developed a guide to bring a more nuanced discussion of open access in journal publications.

Rather than asking a seemingly simple question of whether or not a journal or article is open access, HowOpenIsIt? provides a guide to the complex spectrum of open access.  Core components of open access include:  reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, posting, and machine readability.  Here is an excerpt (click on image to access full document pdf):


For additional information:

PLoS HowOpenIsIt?

SPARC HowOpenIsIt?

Image credits:  “HowOpenIsIt?™ Open Access Spectrum”, © 2013 SPARC and PLOS, licensed under CC BY

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