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Almost 15 years ago, the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) brought together a diverse group of stakeholders and launched a worldwide campaign for Open Access (OA) to all new peer ­reviewed research. The BOAI deliberately drew together existing projects to explore how they might  “work together to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success.”

By "Open Access" to this [research] literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution and the only role for copyright in this domain should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

The BOAI was the first initiative to use the term “Open Access”. The BOAI was the first to articulate a public definition, which has since become the standard definition. The BOAI was the first to propose complementary strategies for realising OA, the first to generalise the call for OA to all disciplines and countries, and the first to be accompanied by significant funding.

The BOAI, with the community of stakeholders, stimulated significant progress toward the global understanding and adoption of OA practices and policies in governments, institutions, and universities worldwide.

As we near the 15th anniversary of the BOAI, we’re no longer at the beginning nor are we yet at the end of this global campaign. Again, we will take time to reflect on the values, impact, and continued relevance of the BOAI.

Please take this opportunity to reflect and fill in the survey to begin a discussion on the BOAI at 15. 


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