It is our pleasure to announce that as of year 2023, International Journal “Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics” will officially adopt one of the most popular Open Access licenses, the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, or shortly CC BY 4.0.
While NNTDM has always being an Open Access journal “by the spirit of the law”, allowing authors to remain in full possession of their copyrights and allowing readers free unlimited access to the full contents of the Journal, we are now committed to complete the formal transition to Open Access “by the letter of the law”, making it visible and clear for all authors and users which are the terms and conditions of publication and use of the NNTDM contents.
Open Access is the practice of granting to anyone access to scholarly outputs (including, but not limited to publications) without any costs or other barriers and restrictions. Open Access improves the pace, efficiency, and efficacy of research, and improves the authors’ visibility, and thus the potential impact of their work. Free and immediate access to research results benefits both the individual scientists and the scientific community as a whole. It accelerates academic exchange of information and experience and transfer of research results into practice, .
Nowadays, many research funding organizations worldwide require funding recipients to ensure open access to research outputs resulting from funded projects. When funding cycles for research include open license requirements for publications, increased access and opportunities for reuse extends the value of research funding, .
Per Commission Recommendation 2018/790 of 25 April 2018 on access to and preservation of scientific information, the European Commission encouraged the transition to Open Access publication models with the aim to provide researchers and the public at large with access to peer-reviewed scientific publications, research data and other research outputs free of charge in an open and non-discriminatory manner, and enable the use and re-use of scientific research results. Open access helps enhance quality, reduce the need for unnecessary duplication of research, speed up scientific progress, help to combat scientific fraud, and can overall favour economic growth and innovation, .
Being a community-driven, academic-led, academic-owned and non-profit publishing initiative that does not impose any access fees to readers and any publication fees to authors, “Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics” additionally meets the requirements of the Diamond Open Access, defined as the scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not charge fees to either authors or readers, .
With the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, the NNTDM authors retain unrestricted copyright and all publishing rights when publishing in NNTDM, while readers and users are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format,
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially,
under the following terms:
- Attribution — Users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if any changes were made. Users may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses them or their use.
- No additional restrictions — Users may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Authors cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the users follow the license terms.
All authors of papers published or accepted in NNTDM prior to the adoption of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License will be contacted and invited to consider this opportunity to retroactively embrace the License for their papers. The license notice will be added to the respective web pages and PDF files of the papers.