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Open access

Open Access (OA) has become an important way to make research findings freely available for anyone to access and view. Ukraine Supreme Legal Council Open Access serves authors and the wider community by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed OA content. We support and promote all forms of OA that are financially sustainable. Our introduction to open access page provides some essential information about the types of OA we offer.
      We publish journals and books, and we work with publishing partners such as learned societies to develop OA for different communities. We also support social sharing and Green OA (also called Green archiving) across our journals and books programmes, allowing authors to deposit content in several sources, other institutional and subject-specific repositories, and commercial social sharing sites. 

       Open Access makes scholarly research permanently available online to view without restriction. OA can also allow content to be published in a way that allows readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works. We are trying to support two types of OA:

·        Gold Open Access is an alternative to subscriptions and other access payments. Content is published under a Creative Commons licence that allows free access and redistribution and, in many cases, allows re-use in new or derivative works. Typically, but not always, Gold OA content is supported by an Article

·        Green Open Access (also known as Green archiving) is the practice of making a version of a work freely accessible in an institutional or subject archive or some other document repository. Typically the author’s original (submitted) manuscript is made available, or the manuscript as it was accepted for publication after peer-review changes have been made. For some types of books, a portion of the final published version can also be made available.

Social sharing is similar to Green OA except that documents are typically shared in a commercial sharing site or scholarly collaboration network site, rather than an institutional repository.

      Sharing is important. We support adequate sharing. Content sharing is a natural and vital part of research. It helps to disseminate and raise awareness about new findings and to stimulate discussion and further progress.

     Social sharing is the use of social sharing sites to share content widely: it makes sharing more efficient and effective. Social sharing sites can also help researchers to build their reputations and to connect with other researchers. Social sharing is developing rapidly, with new and improved online services to enable content discovery and access. Researchers are sharing more and more, but content is not always shared in a responsible manner. We are positively engaged with social sharing and want to support it without undermining the publication of high quality books and journals upon which research and learning depends.

      What do we mean by responsible sharingResponsible sharing means respecting publishers’ policies about which versions of content can be publicly posted online and when the content can be posted. Ultimately, it means sharing in a way that does not undermine the sustainability of the high quality publications on which research and learning depend.