What is Open Access?
Open Access thinks that this literature should be publicly available in the internet free of charge, i.e. anyone interested should be able to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search in and refer to the full texts or use them in any other conceivable legal manner without any financial, legal or technical barriers except those of internet access itself. With regard to all questions of reprints and distribution and with regard to all questions of copyright generally, the only restriction should be that the respective authors are able to retain control over their work and may be certain that their work is recognised and quoted in an appropriate manner.
The Open Access movement aims to make scientific literature and scientific materials accessible in the internet to all users free of charge. One essential aspect is the maximisation of the distribution of scientific information as demanded in the Berlin Declaration, which was signed by reputable national and international research organisations and universities (for instance by the German Research Foundation, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft).
Reasons for Open Access include quick access to relevant scientific information and its simplified use for further research. As a rule, the criteria of strict quality control by means of peer reviews are also satisfied by Open Access publications; in addition, open access to electronic publications paves the way for the development of new quality criteria.
We have compiled a list of the most important and most interesting databases in order to facilitate HSG Alumni members’ search in the extensive Open Access network.
|www.economicsbulletin.com||Open-access journal in the field of economics|
|www.econtheory.org||for theoretical contributions to economics|
|Free scientific journals|
|http://search.ugent.be/meercat/x/all?q=source:bkt01||List of all Google/digital books|
|http://livre.cnen.gov.br/Inicial.asp||Index of topics of open-access journals|
|http://www.knowledgecenter.unr.edu/ejournals/free.aspx||University of Nevada with a wealth of open-access e-journals|
|http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/||More for students and enquiring people, simply contains e-learning materials|
|http://www.econstor.eu/||Document servers of the ZBW (German National Library of Economics)|
|http://www.sciencegate.ch/business-/-economics||New search engine for open-access documents|