Monday, April 30, 2007

What is Open Access?

“By open access......we mean
it's free availability on the public internet,
permitting any users to read, download,
copy, distribute, print, search, or link to
the full texts of these articles, crawl them
for indexing, pass them as data to software,
or use them for any other lawful
purpose, without financial, legal,
or technical barriers other than those
inseparable from gaining access to the internet
itself. The only constraint on reproduction
and distribution, and the only role for
copyright in this domain, should be to
give authors control over the integrity
of their work and the right to be properly
acknowledged and cited."
Budapest Open Access Initiative

Open Access journals are now part of the
revolutionary and historic changes currently
underway in academic publishing, with the
potential to offer world wide dissemination
to diverse, cross disciplinary and international
audiences on an unparalleled scale.
We believe this holds true for journals
in medicine and science and for progressive,
high quality and accessible electronic
journals in the humanities as well as those
in the creative arts, health,
training and education.

C. McLean, Publisher CCAHTE Journal
The interdisciplinary journal of the creative arts
in health, training and education.