Open access, Copyright and Licensing
As opposed to the traditional subscription-based models, open access allows readers to access, use, and share academic work freely and with no charge. This allows for significantly more engagement and provides authors with a stronger platform to share their knowledge and the findings of their research. Since open access grants users’ restrictions-free access to high-quality materials, we have at our disposal a larger array of marketing and promotional tools to expand our readership than traditional publishers typically do. Anyone with a smartphone or a computer and access to the internet will be able to read your manuscript and share it with their peers.
Open access does not mean that authors give up control over their work. In fact, with open access authors are able to maintain the copyright, and readers are required to follow a set of specific rules on how they can correctly use and distribute this work. All work is protected by the Creative Commons Attribution License.
The authors' publications in IJSM are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The license was developed to facilitate open access, namely, free immediate access to and unrestricted reuse of original works of all types.
Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their publications but grant IJSM a non-exclusive license to publish the work in paper form and allow anyone to reuse, distribute and reproduce the content as long as the original work is properly cited.
Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original work. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers. For any reuse or distribution of a work, users must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published.
The standard license will be applied to the authors' publications, which ensures the publications freely and openly available in perpetuity.