Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is an electronic and fully open access journal, which means that all articles are freely available, ensuring maximum, worldwide dissemination of content, in exchange for an article publication fee. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The main principles of open access we support are:

  • peer - reviewed literature should be freely available without subscription or price barriers;
  • literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period); and
  • published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given.

Journal of Liberty and International Affairs accepts and is guided by the BOAI definition of open access:

"By 'open access' to [peer-reviewed 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."

*Journal of Liberty and International Affairs and the Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola has endorsed the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), the BOAI Declaration and the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science.

Why Is Open Data Needed?
"Scientists produce a vast amount of data in the course of their research. In the Internet age, this data can and should be available to be used as an input into new research, but for this to happen the data needs to be explicitly labelled as open." (Is It Open Data?)

Please feel free to visit the following links in order to find further information about the Free and Open Access initiative:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
  • Open Access Overview (focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles)
  • The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • A Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP)




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