What is Open Access Publishing?
The majority of academic journals are now published online and make their articles available by means of a paid subscription or via membership arrangements (for example, an academic library). Broadly, Open Access (OA) implies unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly research via the internet. While recent times have seen OA provided to varying research dissemination such as book chapters and theses, the primary content for which OA is intended is scholarly journal articles (Wikipedia, Open_access)
The publication of scholarly material via an OA journal provides immediate access at no, or little, cost. Researchers can make their work open access by one of two ways; by depositing an open access copy of their published work in a repository or by publishing in a journal that is free to readers (Australasian Open Access Support Group http://aoasg.org.au/what-is-open-access/)
The Journal is listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. DOAJ is often cited as a source of quality, open access journals in research and scholarly publishing circles.
A DOAJ Membership is a clear statement of intent and proves a commitment to quality, peer-reviewed open access. DOAJ is co-author of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Principles) and DOAJ members are expected to follow these principles as a condition of membership
Click this link for The International Journal for Crime Justice and Social Democracy DOAJ membership
The Journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to all submissions published. This license enables open access – specifically, free immediate access to original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Additionally, the journal platform to publish research articles is Open Source.
Additional Resources and Links
SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication - See more at: http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/open-access
The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) “ works to advocate, collaborate, raise awareness, and build capacity in OA in Australasia” See more at: https://aoasg.org.au/