What is Open access: Definition and 11 Discussions

Open access (OA) is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers. With open access strictly defined (according to the 2001 definition), or libre open access, barriers to copying or reuse are also reduced or removed by applying an open license for copyright.The main focus of the open access movement is "peer reviewed research literature." Historically, this has centered mainly on print-based academic journals. Whereas conventional (non-open access) journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges, open-access journals are characterised by funding models which do not require the reader to pay to read the journal's contents or they rely on public funding. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, monographs, research reports and images.

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    Are open access journals legit for my CV?

    One obvious disadvantage of Open Access Journals is that you have to pay for it. However, paying would have been worth it if it were to give me something I can cite on my CV. And this brings me to the following question: would citing open access journals on my CV help me at all? In particular, I...
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    What is ADPRES: An Open Source Nuclear Reactor Simulator?

    Hello, My name is Muhammad Imron aka imronuke. I am interested in nuclear reactor computation and currently developing open reactor simulator called ADPRES which you can find in the my github repository. Regards,
  3. Sorcerer

    Other "Galaxies" a trustworthy open access peer reviewed journal?

    I'm not sure where to post this, so I figured Academic Guidance is the best fit for the question. Here is their main page: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/galaxiesHere is a paper published in it on the Sagnac effect in the context of relativity...
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    Database of physics powerpoint slides?

    Is there any website that has a database of physics (or other course) powerpoint slide sets? For example, I am teaching both an introductory physics class, and a separate calc-based physics class of what should be the same general material as the non-calc-based. For the former class I am using...
  5. CapnGranite

    I Open access papers in JGR-Planets

    As a heads up there are, to me, an uncommon number of open access papers in Journal Geophysical Research-Planets. This might be of interest to people who don't subscribe to the journal or don't have access to it in their library...
  6. Sirsh

    Engineering Multi-Disciplinary Open Access Books

    Just found this gem: http://www.intechopen.com/books It has multitudes of open access (free) books in the categories of: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. I searched the forums and didn't come across this being...
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    Open Access Publishing in Physics: Benefits & Platforms

    Hi there, I'm trying to dip my feet into the worlds of publishing in physics (quantum theory/mathematical physics) and I would like to make sure that it's available for anyone who wants to read it. I know one of the paths many researchers take is that they send their article to a big journal...
  8. collinsmark

    Kerbal Space Program Tutorial Series - Open Access to 1.7

    "How hard can rocket science be anyway?" Kerbal Space Program is a sandbox type computer game that leans heavily on concepts of physics (don't let that scare you though, you don't need a calculator nor a book of equations to play it. It's ultimately very intuitive). Given the physics nature of...
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    Why don't universities start more of their own open access journals?

    Interesting article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/29/academic-publishers-murdoch-socialist It does have a point. Why do academic publishing companies run a monopoly on scientific information when much of it is funded by tax payer dollars?
  10. Hans de Vries

    Foundations of Physics, the magazine, open access articles.

    Since January 2007 with Nobel prize laureate Gerardus ‘t Hooft appointed as editor-in-chief. His first editorial is here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/867288v5118851k7/fulltext.pdf The magazine is here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1572-9516/ The January and February...