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Request-a-Copy Button and Copyright Law

‘Request-a-copy’ Button
The School’s repository, Research Online, includes items that are open access, meaning they are freely available online, or closed access, meaning that they are not freely available online for a certain period of time or forever. If the article you wish to consult is one…

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Who owns scientific knowledge?

Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Fortunately for most, academic researchers don’t have to live off their royalties alone. Although there…

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“A standing invitation to the whole world”: how more open access facilitates progress in science

When the nineteenth-century philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote his essay On Liberty[i] in 1859, one of his main aims was to secure the right to freedom of speech, to demonstrate that the state should not attempt ‘to control the expression of opinion’. While today, at least in Western…

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Open Access Week 2016: Making monographs Open Access

Published research that appears as an article in a peer-reviewed journal which is also Open Access for everyone to be able to download and read is a fairly common occurrence these days. However what is less well know is for monographs or sections in a published book to be…

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‘Request a copy’ function is live

LSHTM Research Online is the freely accessible online database of research conducted by staff from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Where possible we provide access to the full text of research articles, where we are unable to provide the full text we will hold the bibliographical information and provide links to where the full text can be accessed. But currently only 29 percent of our content is full-text or has a file attached to it (that's 9055 items out of 30,000) so there is a lot of research publications that are just bibliographic records. However, researchers can now share their papers via the 'Request a copy' function in our repository which allows users who wish to access the paper to request it from a named researcher in the School. How does this work? Read more