Recently, the article ‘Open Access for International Criminal Lawyers’ has been accepted for publication in the International Criminal Law Review. Maastricht University Open Access consultant Coen van Laer wrote this paper to shed light on the great potential of Open Access, in particular for the audience in less resourceful countries.

According to the reviewer, the article touches on an important subject and advances the discussion of how Open Access can benefit the international criminal law field by both providing outlets for publication and for lower cost research. 

Great potential of Open Access

The article ‘Open Access for International Criminal Lawyers’ focuses on the potential of Open Access, as this abstract shows.

The study investigates to what extent Open Access is useful for international criminal lawyers. Free reuse and distribution may be particularly advantageous for the audience in less resourceful countries. And individual authors need visibility to promote their academic reputation. However, many publishers share commercial interests that are not fully consistent with Open Access.

The study also explores the extended coverage of Open Access sources pertaining to international criminal law. The inventory of various publishing channels noted shows the great potential of Open Access to users with different interests. In particular, through the availability of a couple of first-rate Open Access journals and free databases supported by international organisations, evidence is found that Open Access is significant in the field of international criminal law.

The final text, which has been accepted for publication and contains all revisions made after peer reviewing, can already be obtained by sending an email to c.vanlaer@maastrichtuniversity.nl

 

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