Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

Bentham Publishers launches 200 peer-reviewed open access journals

The fundamental principles behind free and open source development have branched out into other areas. One of those areas is called Open Access. What is Open Access about?

Open access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent, full-text, online access, for any user, web-wide, to digital scientific and scholarly material, primarily research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. An open-access article has limited copyright and licensing restrictions which means anyone, anywhere, with access to the Internet may read, download, copy, and distribute that article.

For 2008 Bentham Publishers will launch 200 open access journals. That’s a staggering amount of information and the list of already published articles reveals a list of titles I even have a hard time understanding. Each magazine appears to have an editorial board. In the case of the The Open Infectious Diseases Journal that board is very large. The list of requirements for the manuscripts are well worked out with a preference to open source formats 😉 . The whole setup breaths an atmosphere of not only bringing free and open content to readers, but to bring high quaility open access content to the world.

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