Open Access

Open Access means making scientific research publicly available to all on the internet, free of charge and without restriction. Open Access allows anybody to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, and cite full versions of texts without financial or technical barriers (other than those associated with access to the internet), and furthermore to use such texts in any other conceivable legal manner. IJAL contents are published open access and the journal does not charge authors for their submissions and subscription is not required.

On February 14, 2002 the conference International Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative was held in Budapest where the new publication strategy received an important boost.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a database containing all open access journals (today ca. 2,700) whereof about 800 are searchable on article level.

The refereed journal articles, published by Open Access are also stored in an open electronic archives, a practice commonly called, self-archiving. Read the self-archiving initiative.