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Open Access Policy

This 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.

LiC has also set a policy for digital preservation to address the following risks (from National Archives of Australia):

  • The content of digital records becomes inaccessible due to future software obsolescence,
  • data loss due to the obsolescence or failure of the hardware or media used to store digital records,
  • data loss due to inadvertent or malicious alteration of content, and
  • inauthentic or unreliable data due to incomplete or inadequate capture of digital records and metadata at the time of transfer.

Following the NAA guidelines, LiC will align this policy with the Reference Model for Open Archival Information Systems (OAIS), ISO 14721, providing a common framework, including terminology and concepts, for describing a digital archive. A Socio-legal Hub of Knowledge will be incrementally built. This objective will be reached at a steady rate, according with the OA Journal development.

As for the archiving policies, LiC will adopt the green archiving policy: authors can archive pre-pint, post-print or publisher's version/PDF. In scientific publishing, a preprint server is an online repository where research findings and data can be deposited before, during, or after the peer review process. LiC grants the authors the right to post preprints of their papers to archiving repositories before, during, and after the review process. This information should be disclosed and made available on the published article.

LiC will deposited into the National Library of Australia. That’s the best option for ensuring it is preserved digitally into the future.

LiC will be also deposited in the La Trobe Library repository. A complete collection of the past issues of Law in Context (1983-2017) can be found at HeinOnline (private) database (Law in Context: A Socio-legal Journal). A partial collection—in electronic format, since 1995 onwards— can be accessed from the National Library of Australia: Law in Context.