UNESCO: Policy Guidelines For The Development And Promotion Of Open Access

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released:

Policy Guidelines For The Development And Promotion Of Open Access

by Alma Swan

From the Executive Summary:

These Guidelines provide an account of the development
of Open Access, why it is important and desirable, how to
attain it, and the design and effectiveness of policies.

Open Access is a new way of disseminating research
information, made possible because of the World Wide
Web.

Open Access is achieved by two main routes:
◾ Open Access journals, the ‘gold’ route to Open Access,
are a particularly successful model in some disciplines,
and especially in some geographical communities
◾ The ‘green’ route, via repositories can capture more
material, faster, if the right policies are put in place

The benefits of Open Access are summarized as follows:
◾ Open Access improves the speed, efficiency and
efficacy of research
◾ Open Access is an enabling factor in interdisciplinary
research
◾ Open Access enables computation upon the research
literature
◾ Open Access increases the visibility, usage and impact
of research
◾ Open Access allows the professional, practitioner and
business communities, and the interested public, to
benefit from research

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