European Science Editing 49: e98101, doi: 10.3897/ese.2023.e98101
Is it open access if registration is required to obtain scientific content?
expand article infoYuki Yamada, Andreas Nishikawa-Pacher§|, Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva#
‡ Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan§ TU Wien Bibliothek, Vienna, Austria| University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria¶ Vienna School of International Studies, Vienna, Austria# Unaffiliated, Miki-cho, Japan
Open Access

Some journals require users to register before accessing a scientific paper, despite labelling that content as open access (OA) and free-of-charge. We refer to such cases as members-only OA (MOOA), which we contend is not ‘free’ since users are forced to ‘pay’ with personal data. Scholarly content may be accessible via MOOA to either the in-browser text (HTML) or to the archival-friendly version (PDF), or both. We suggest a four-tier typology to capture the degree of openness based on this observation. We believe that technical guidelines of OA implementation should not permit MOOA.

Academic publishing, licenses, open access (OA), registration wall, usability