“Open Access” is a term commonly used for a movement that promotes free availability and unrestricted use of research and scholarship. Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge to the reader, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions, so there are no price barriers and no permission barriers.
The definition of the concept emerged from three conferences:
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