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Open Access

An increasingly popular idea that the results of publicly funded research should be published as e-content and made freely available via the Internet for purposes of education and research (implicitly but not necessarily straight after publication). Open access does not mean that laws of copyright and the principles of fair dealing are suspended, nor is this the same thing as open source publishing.

Creative Commons relies on the Open Access movement for much of its raison d’être.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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