The Journal of Young Investigators is a strong advocate for Open Access and related Open Access policies. Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse and this is critical to the future of science for the following reasons:
1) Accelerated discovery: Today, publishers own the rights to articles in their journal and anyone who wants to read these articles must pay to access them. Restrictions, such as pay walls, only serve to limit the dissemination of the research. With open access, researchers have quicker access to the findings of others. Many researchers can access articles from their institution and are under the impression that they are accessing them for free when in reality the institution pays a premium price for subscriptions to these journals. The costs associated with this can range between the hundreds of thousands to over a couple million dollars, per year.
2) Public enrichment: In the United States and European Union, much of the scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds via taxation. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment without paying twice.
3) Improve Education: Open Access means everyone, in all fields, has access to the most current findings and research available.
Because the Journal of Young Investigators is in favor of Open Access policies, we will be licensing the manuscripts of the European Union Competition for Young Scientists with the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees.
Under this licensing policy, one is free to:
- Share: Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
- Adapt: Remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
The JYI cannot revoke these freedoms from you as long as you following the terms of this license.
Under this licensing policy, one must:
- Attribute: You must give appropriate credit, provide link to the silence, and indicate if any changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor (JYI) endorses you or your use.
For a more in depth version of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0, please visit creativecommons.org/licenses.
Additional Open Access Resources:
There are many other organizations that are in support of Open Access, such as the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Institute and The Open Access Button.