Find out about Bloomsbury open access publication options and policies
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is open access?
Open access (OA) refers to scholarly works that are free to access, share, and re-use.
How can I use the open access books on Bloomsbury Collections?
All Bloomsbury open access books can be downloaded free of charge from Bloomsbury Collections by anyone with an internet connection. You can download a PDF of the whole book, as well as individual chapter PDFs, and you may share these PDFs with others.
Please check the Creative Commons licence attached to each open access book for details of further re-use that is permitted. Bloomsbury open access titles are released under CC BY, CC BY-ND, or CC BY-NC-ND licences.
When are open access books made available on Bloomsbury Collections?
Most open access titles are made open access immediately on publication online. Titles are uploaded to Bloomsbury Collections monthly, and the online publication date is typically in advance of the print publication date. However, very occasionally online publication may be delayed to the month after print publication.
Each year we also make a small number of titles open access after an agreed embargo period ("retrospective open access"). These books convert to open access a minimum of 18 months after publication.
What are Creative Commons licences?
Creative Commons (CC) licences are a standardised way of granting permission for certain kinds of re-use of copyrighted work without the user having to apply to the rights-holder for permission. Open access content is typically released under a Creative Commons licence to enable sharing and re-use.
To learn more about the different types of Creative Commons licences, visit the Creative Commons website.
What does the ‘views’ counter mean on open access book pages?
The view counter metric records the total number of times any chapter full-text page has been accessed since the title was published on Bloomsbury Collections.
Each chapter page shows the total number of accesses for that chapter. The counter on the book page includes the total number of accesses to all chapters of the book, plus any whole book PDF downloads.
A user accessing the same chapter multiple times or downloading the same whole book PDF in a single session is only counted once.