Open access

One of the main drivers for creating digital repositories in the UK has been the Open Access movement. Open access digital repositories are online web sites where authors or their designated intermediates deposit scholarly publications for anyone to read. The open access tag refers to the free availability of their contents to all. Thus there is, or should be, no subscription or registration required to read papers within them. However, not all repositories are open access, some secure access to specific items to local networks, locally registered users or a specific community.

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. The Budapest (February 2002), Bethesda (June 2003), and Berlin (October 2003) definitions of open access are the most central and influential for the OA movement. Peter Suber refers to them collectively, or to their common ground, as the BBB definition. Open access offers advantages to researchers, institutions and to humanity itself.

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