So, what is open access?
Open access (OA) is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers. Through licensing via an open license (usually a Creative Commons License), freely available outputs can also be legally shared and reused. Hence, open access is more than just free access.
In 2003, QUT endorsed the world’s first institutional open access policy. In 2018, the policy was updated to reflect emerging global practices and QUT continues to support open scholarship via QUT ePrints, Research Data Finder, open educational resources and national and international open access initiatives. QUT also supports the publication of five open access journals including Law, Technology and Humans, in the School of Law. Content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence and there are no article processing charges (APCs) to be paid by authors. These journals are published with the support of QUT Library using the Open Journals System (OJS) software.
This year the theme of Open Access Week is Open for Climate Justice which seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community.
Law, Technology and Humans has, to-date, published a number of timely articles related to climate change, including the following:
- An Intergenerational Ecological Jurisprudence: The Supreme Court of Colombia and the Rights of the Amazon Rainforest Alessandro Pelizzon
- A ‘Chennai’ in Every City of the World: The Lethal Mix of the Water Crisis, Climate Change, and Governance Indifference Tania Sebastian
- Technological Innovations Tackling Biodiversity Loss: Solutions or Misdirection? Kate Wilkinson Cross
- Automated Decision-Making and Environmental Impact Assessments: Decisions, Data Analysis and Predictions Zoe Nay, Anna Huggins, Felicity Deane
For more information about Open Access Week visit the Open Access Australasia website.