Open Access (OA) literature is published on the internet, free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are OA journals for new research and OA repositories to store published work. By allowing anyone with an internet connection to read and learn from a work, its impact is maximised. Anything less is a muzzle on academia, a blindfold taut across the eyes of the citizens of the world. UCSB, along with the majority of the UC system, has embarked on a journey to fight this restrictive norm. It seeks to morph current subscription based journals to OA, channel the money once used for subscriptions to the creation of OA business models, and encourage institutions of scholarship everywhere to join in this transition to make the world a better place.
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