Accessibility of scientific work is fundamental for scientists and the nutrition of ideas. Advancement in Science is based on cooperation and collaboration, the freedom of ideas and the accessibility of knowledge. To foster science and minimize misconduct and fraud the best way is to promote and encourage Open Access Projects.
Why is Open Access a driving force for science?
Amongst other reasons international access to relevant information is vital for scientists and researchers. Open Access makes documents available internationally within a short period of time, promotes cooperation between scientists and accelerates the research process. Resources are not limited by the local library budget. By publishing with Open Access licences researchers gain full control over their work.
Through Open Access, the results of publicly funded research are freely available online and do not have to be bought (back) from the publishers by the scientific and scholarly institutions.
Find more information about Open Access and its potential benefits for science:
“Verlage können auch mit Open Access gut leben” in: XING_ein Kulturmagazin 19, 42-43
Die Wissenschaftstheorie fordert OPEN ACCESS. Information: Wissenschaft & Praxis 60 (5), 253-258
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Editorial: Open Access. Information: Wissenschaft & Praxis 60 (5), 249
The Austrian Science Fund and Open Access:
“The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is the research funder with the most comprehensive open access publishing policy. Not only does it support open access to articles and books, but it also does so in an international framework.”
Free research needs the free circulation of ideas. On the current development of Open Access at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
European Commission Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results