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Open Access, Scholarly Publishing, and Author Rights & Responsibilities: Open Access

LTS Supports Open Access

LTS provides financial support to these Open Access groups, projects and publishers:

BioMed Central


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Open Content Alliance (via the Boston Library Consortium)

Brandeis Open Access Fund

LTS has made funds available to support and promote Open Access publishing at Brandeis University. We will cover the costs associated with author processing fees that Open Access publishers often require. Please see the Scholarly Communications Open Access Fund Guidelines for more information

Open Access Journals

Open Access in 3 Minutes

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

  by Peter Suber

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most  copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

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